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Intergenerational Disagreement and Optimal Taxation of Parental Transfers

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  • Hakki Yazici

    (Sabanci University)

  • Nicola Pavoni

    (Bocconi University)

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We study optimal taxation of bequests and inter vivos transfers in a model where altruistic parents and their offspring disagree on intertemporal trade-offs. We show that laissez-faire equilibrium is Pareto inefficient, and whenever offspring are impatient from their parents' perspective, optimal policy involves a positive tax on parental transfers. Cautioned by the technical complications present in this class of models, our normative prescriptions do not rely on the assumption of differentiability of the agents’ policy functions.

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  • Hakki Yazici & Nicola Pavoni, 2015. "Intergenerational Disagreement and Optimal Taxation of Parental Transfers," 2015 Meeting Papers 250, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    1. Moser, Christian & Olea de Souza e Silva, Pedro, 2019. "Optimal Paternalistic Savings Policies," MPRA Paper 95383, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Pamela Giustinelli & Nicola Pavoni, 2017. "The Evolution of Awareness and Belief Ambiguity in the Process of High School Track Choice," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 25, pages 93-120, April.
    3. Winfried Koeniger & Carlo Zanella, 2020. "Opportunity and Inequality across Generations," CESifo Working Paper Series 8099, CESifo.
    4. Vipul Bhatt & Masao Ogaki & Yuichi Yaguchi, 2017. "Introducing Virtue Ethics into Normative Economics for Models with Endogenous Preferences," RCER Working Papers 600, University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER).
    5. Yena Park, 2018. "Optimal Taxation of Inheritance and Retirement Savings," 2018 Meeting Papers 1246, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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