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Gifts, Bequests and Growth

  • Berthold U. Wigger

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    (University of Mannheim and CSEF, University of Salerno)

A familiar result in the theory of private intergenerational transfers is that competitive equilibria with gifts from children to their parents are dynamically inefficient whereas they are dynamically efficient with bequests from parents to their children. This note demonstrates that if growth is endogenous, both gift and bequest economies are dynamically efficient, but gift economies grow more rapidly.

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Paper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 31.

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Date of creation: 01 Dec 1999
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Macroeconomics, 2001, vol. 23, pages 121-129
Handle: RePEc:sef:csefwp:31
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