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Intertemporal Equilibrium with Myopic Altruism


  • Lambrecht, S.
  • Michel, P.
  • Thibault, E.


We modify the altruistic model by assuming that income, instead of the heir's utility, enters the altruist's utility function. We name this formulation "myopic" because, unlike in Barro's (1974) model, the altruist does not need to foresee into the indenite future to make his decisions. We analyze the equilibrium dynamics of an OLG model with individuals motivated by myopic altruism. We derive conditions for existence and uniqueness of the equilibrium. Unlike in Barro's model, there may exist multiple steady state equilibria with operative altruism.

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  • Lambrecht, S. & Michel, P. & Thibault, E., 2000. "Intertemporal Equilibrium with Myopic Altruism," G.R.E.Q.A.M. 00a24, Universite Aix-Marseille III.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:aixmeq:00a24

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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, August.
    2. MICHEL, Philippe, 2003. "Public debt and limited altruism: is Ricardian equivalence possible if altruism is limited ?," CORE Discussion Papers 2003008, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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    JEL classification:

    • C62 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Existence and Stability Conditions of Equilibrium
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making


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