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Optimal accumulation in an endogenous growth setting with human capital

  • Docquier, Frederic
  • Paddison, Oliver
  • Pestieau, Pierre

This paper considers a three-overlapping-generations model of endogeneous growth wherein human capital is the engine of growth. It first contrasts the ‘laissez-faire’ and the optimal solutions. Three possible accumulation regimes are distinguished. Then it discusses a standard set of tax-transfer instruments that allow for decentralization of the social optimum. Within the limits of our model, the rationale for the standard pattern of intergenerational transfers (the working-aged financing the education of the young and the pension of the old) is seriously questioned. On pure efficiency grounds, the case for generous public pensions is rather weak.

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Volume (Year): 134 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (May)
Pages: 361-378

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:134:y:2007:i:1:p:361-378
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