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Endogenous Growth, Human Capital, and Bequests in a Life-Cycle Model


  • Caballe, Jordi


This paper investigates the relationship between growth and efficiency in an overlapping generations economy in which altruistic parents endow their children with human capital (education) and leave physical bequests. The author gives conditions under which the physical bequest motive is not operative in a balanced equilibrium when human capital exhibits externalities. He also shows that the efficient rate of growth is lower than the competitive one if the economy is bequest-constrained and externalities from education are not very strong. Some fiscal policy experiments are performed for both bequest-constrained economies and unconstrained ones. Copyright 1995 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Caballe, Jordi, 1995. "Endogenous Growth, Human Capital, and Bequests in a Life-Cycle Model," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 47(1), pages 156-181, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:47:y:1995:i:1:p:156-81

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    3. Nordblom, K., 2001. "Within-the-Family Education and Its Impact on Equality," Papers 2001:06, Uppsala - Working Paper Series.
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    6. Jaime Alonso-Carrera & Jordi Caballé & Xavier Raurich, 2007. "Aspirations, Habit Formation, and Bequest Motive," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 117(520), pages 813-836, April.
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    17. William G. Gale & Joel B. Slemrod, 2001. "Rethinking the Estate and Gift Tax: Overview," NBER Working Papers 8205, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    18. Rebelein, Robert P., 2005. "Intergenerational Strategic Behavior and Crowding Out in a General Equilibrium Model," Vassar College Department of Economics Working Paper Series 74, Vassar College Department of Economics.

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