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A Political Economy Model of Earnings Mobility and Redistribution Policy

  • Ryo Arawatari

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    (Faculty of Economics, Shinshu University)

  • Tetsuo Ono

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    (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

This paper presents a politico-economic model including a mutual link between earnings mobility and redistribution policy affected by human capital risk. The model demonstrates that a low-risk economy produces multiple equilibria: an unskilled- majority equilibrium with lower mobility and higher redistribution, and a skilled- majority equilibrium with higher mobility and lower redistribution. In contrast, a high-risk economy produces a unique, unskilled-majority equilibrium with high mobility and low redistribution, which supports the POUM (prospect of upward mobility) hypothesis. In the latter economy, a further increase in risk may improve the expected utility of agents.

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Paper provided by Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in its series Discussion Papers in Economics and Business with number 08-18-Rev.2.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2008
Date of revision: Sep 2010
Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:0818r2
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