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The transfer paradox in a one-sector overlapping generations model

  • Cremers, Emily T.
  • Sen, Partha

This paper examines the effects of international income transfers on capital accumulation and welfare in a one-sector overlapping generations model. It is shown that a strong form of the transfer paradox - in which the donor country experiences a welfare gain while the recipient country experiences a welfare loss - may occur both in and out of steady state. In addition, it is shown that a weak form of the transfer paradox - where either the donor or recipient (but not both) experiences a paradoxical welfare effect - may characterize all segments of the transition path not already characterized by the strong transfer paradox.

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Volume (Year): 32 (2008)
Issue (Month): 6 (June)
Pages: 1995-2012

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Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:32:y:2008:i:6:p:1995-2012
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