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On the Distribution of Wealth and Intergenerational Transfers

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  • Ionnides, Yannis M
  • Sato, Ryuzo

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The authors develop a simple behavioral model of intergenerational transfers, with individuals be ing subject to uncertainty about their children's incomes. Individual s differ with respect to innate ability and to wealth transfers they receive at birth. The distributions of total wealth, of total income, and of their components are uniquely determined from the equilibrium distribution of intergenerational transfers, for which existence an d uniqueness are proven. For a particular utility function, and provi ded that earned income follows a stable law, the authors show that so do all endogenous distributions. Intergenerational transfers are rel atively more equally distributed than earnings, capital income, and l ifetime wealth. Copyright 1987 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Ionnides, Yannis M & Sato, Ryuzo, 1987. "On the Distribution of Wealth and Intergenerational Transfers," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 5(3), pages 366-385, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:5:y:1987:i:3:p:366-85
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    1. Jagadeesh Gokhale & Laurence J. Kotlikoff, 2002. "The Impact of Social Security and Other Factors on the Distribution of Wealth," NBER Chapters,in: The Distributional Aspects of Social Security and Social Security Reform, pages 85-114 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Gokhale, Jagadeesh & Kotlikoff, Laurence J. & Sefton, James & Weale, Martin, 2001. "Simulating the transmission of wealth inequality via bequests," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 79(1), pages 93-128, January.
    3. Bossmann, Martin & Kleiber, Christian & Walde, Klaus, 2007. "Bequests, taxation and the distribution of wealth in a general equilibrium model," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 91(7-8), pages 1247-1271, August.

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