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Human Capital Investment under Quasi-Geometric Discounting

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  • Karl David Boulware

    (Department of Economics, Wesleyan University)

  • Robert R. Reed

    (Department of Economics, Finance, and Legal Studies, University of Alabama)

  • Ejindu Ume

    (Department of Economics, Miami University)

Abstract

Recent work by Laibson (1997) identifies that individuals are excessively impatient in the short-run, but wish to become more patient over time. It is often argued that such a time-inconsistency problem distorts individuals’ savings decisions. The objective of this paper is to study human capital accumulation in the presence of a time-inconsistency problem. In doing so, we explain that many policies put into place to take advantage of the inter-personal benefits from human capital accumulation may also be important for resolving ‘intra-personal’ planning problems. Our results also shed light on the role of compulsory education.

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  • Karl David Boulware & Robert R. Reed & Ejindu Ume, 2016. "Human Capital Investment under Quasi-Geometric Discounting," Wesleyan Economics Working Papers 2016-003, Wesleyan University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:wes:weswpa:2016-003
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    Keywords

    Human Capital; Quasi-Geometric Discounting;

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    • C6 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling
    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education

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