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Compensating The Dead

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  • Marc Fleurbaey

    (Princeton University)

  • Marie-Louise Leroux

    (Universite du Quebec a Montreal)

  • Gregory Ponthiere

    (Paris School of Economics)

An early death is, undoubtedly, a serious disadvantage. However, the compensation of short-lived individuals has remained so far largely unexplored, probably because it appears infeasible. Indeed, short-lived agents can hardly be identified ex ante, and cannot be compensated ex post. We argue that, despite those difficulties, a compensation can be carried out by encouraging early consumption in the life cycle. In a model with heterogeneous preferences and longevities, we show how a specific social criterion can be derived from intuitive principles, and we study the corresponding optimal policy under various informational assumptions.

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Paper provided by Princeton University, Department of Economics, Econometric Research Program. in its series Working Papers with number 1370.

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