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Endogenous Changes in Tastes

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  • Daniel Léonard
  • Ngo Van Long

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Parents care about their children, spend resources on educating them and bequeath them some physical and/or human capital. Here we argue that the actions of the parents have an influence, not only on the productive possibilities open to the children (through the capital they inherit) but also on their tastes and attitudes. We investigate the resulting dynamics of this idea. Several influences are identified but one startling result is that, if inheritance has a large influence on people's attitude to work, the pattern of behavior becomes completely unpredictable after a few generations Les parents se soucient de leurs enfants, dépensent des ressources pour les éduquer, ils leur lèguent un capital physique et/ou humain. Ici, nous montrons que les actions des parents ont une influence, non seulement sur les possibilités de production ouvertes aux enfants (par le biais du captital dont ils héritent), mais aussi sur leurs goûts et leurs attitudes. Nous étudions la dynamique résultant de cette idée. Plusieurs influences sont identifiées mais un résultat surprenant est que, si l'héritage a une grande influence sur l'attitude des gens envers le travail, l'évolution du stock de capital et du travail devient totalement imprévisible après quelques générations

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  • Daniel Léonard & Ngo Van Long, 2014. "Endogenous Changes in Tastes," CIRANO Working Papers 2014s-23, CIRANO.
  • Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2014s-23
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    1. Chang, Winston W & Kemp, Murray C & Long, Ngo Van, 1983. "Dynamic Properties of a Simple Overlapping-Generations Model," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 35(3), pages 366-372, November.
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    Keywords

    Endogenous preferences; bequests; chaos.; évolution de préférences; legs; chaos.;

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    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory

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