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Pensions and fertility: in search of a link

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In overlapping generations models with endogenous fertility wherein the retired partake of consumption but do not contribute to production (through their labor), fertility has a positive and a negative externality. These can be internalized through a child allowance (or tax) or a linkage between pension benefits and the number of children. The prescription rest crucially on the assumption that no parents are better than others in raising their children and that fertility can be perfectly controlled. When either of these two assumptions are violated, the case for such policy recommendations are greatly weakened. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

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  • Firouz Gahvari, 2009. "Pensions and fertility: in search of a link," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 16(4), pages 418-442, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:16:y:2009:i:4:p:418-442
    DOI: 10.1007/s10797-009-9114-3
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    Keywords

    Pay-as-you-go; Overlapping generations; Endogenous fertility; Externality of fertility; Stochastic fertility; Moral hazard; Parents’ heterogeneity; Adverse selection; H55; J13;
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    JEL classification:

    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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