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Family altruism with a renewable resource and population growth

  • BRECHET, Thierry
  • LAMBRECHT, Stéphane

We develop an overlapping-generation model `a la Diamond with a non-constant population growth in which households privately own a natural renewable resource and have a family- altruism resource bequest motive. The natural resource can be either extracted and sold to the producing firms as a production factor, or bequeathed to the offspring to increase his adult disposable income. With a numerical application, we analyze how family altruism interplays with population growth to shape the dynamics of the whole economy. We also highlight the role of altruism in the case of a temporary negative demographic shock. The simulations we present show that a fall in the size of families increases the family natural resource stock but reduces resource extraction on the transition, through a reinforcement of family altruistic links. Hence, family altruism plays a key role in the recovery of the economy after the shock.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2006035.

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  1. Stéphane Lambrecht & Philippe Michel & Emmanuel Thibault, 2006. "Capital Accumulation and Fiscal Policy in an OLG Model with Family Altruism," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 8(3), pages 465-486, 08.
  2. BRECHET, Thierry & LAMBRECHT, Stéphane, 2006. "Intertemporal equilibrium with a resource bequest motive," CORE Discussion Papers 2006022, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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