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Social Optimum in an OLG Model with Paternalistic Altruism

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  • Marion Davin

    () (GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - ECM - Ecole Centrale de Marseille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales)

  • Karine Gente

    () (DEFI - Centre de recherche en développement économique et finance internationale - GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - ECM - Ecole Centrale de Marseille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales)

  • Carine Nourry

    () (GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - ECM - Ecole Centrale de Marseille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales)

Abstract

There is no consensus yet on the correct way to write the social utility function in presence of paternalistic altruism. This note shows that the speci cation of the central planner objective is crucial for optimal capital intensity and optimal growth in a one and a two-sector models. In a one-sector model, optimal growth depends on preferences when paternalistic altruism enters the social utility function; otherwise it does only depend on the capital share as in the standard golden rule. In a two-sector model, optimal growth depends on preferences and relative capital intensities when paternalistic altruism enters the social utility function; otherwise it does only depend on the capital share of the investment good sector. Moreover, both in a one and a two sector model, the optimal growth rate tends to be higher when warm-glow altruism enters the social utility function.

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  • Marion Davin & Karine Gente & Carine Nourry, 2011. "Social Optimum in an OLG Model with Paternalistic Altruism," Working Papers halshs-00644094, HAL.
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    1. Marion Davin & Karine Gente & Carine Nourry, 2013. "Should a Country Invest more in Human or Physical Capital? A Two-Sector Endogenous Growth Approach," Working Papers halshs-00822391, HAL.
    2. Oliwia Komada, 2015. "Children as a public good in PAYG pension system," Ekonomia journal, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, vol. 43.
    3. Davin, Marion & Gente, Karine & Nourry, Carine, 2015. "Should a country invest more in human or physical capital?," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 76(C), pages 44-52.

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    Keywords

    Optimal balanced growth path; social welfare function; paternalistic altruism;

    JEL classification:

    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology
    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics

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