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Life-Cycle Theory for Human Beings

  • Antoine Bommier

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    (GREMAQ - Groupe de recherche en économie mathématique et quantitative - CNRS - Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA) - UT1 - Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales)

Human beings are sure to die but do not know when they will die. This paper proposes a general formulation of life cycle theory that accounts for these two fundamental aspects of human life. We stress in particular the role of intertemporal correlation aversion which it is a key concept to understand the role of mortality risks in intertemporal choices.

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