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Intergenerational Transfers, Lifetime Welfare and Resource Preservation

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  • Simone Valente

    (ETH Zurich - Institute of Economic Research)

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This paper studies the welfare properties of distortionary transfers in a life-cycle growth model where natural capital is private property. The main result is that, under credible pre-commitment, each newborn generation prefers positive taxes-subsidies to laissez-faire conditions when the resource share in production is sufficiently high. By increasing the degree of natural preservation, resource-saving policies raise welfare of all generations except that of the first resource owner, who suffers a deadweight loss due to taxation of the initial stock. If the first owner renounces part of his claims over initial endowments, all successive generations support resource-saving policies for purely selfish reasons.

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  • Simone Valente, 2005. "Intergenerational Transfers, Lifetime Welfare and Resource Preservation," Public Economics 0505008, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0505008
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    1. Roberto Iacono, 2014. "On the Interplay Between Intergenerational Transfers and Natural Resources," South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics, Association of Economic Universities of South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region, vol. 12(2), pages 167-199.
    2. Simone Valente, 2007. "Human Capital, Resource Constraints and Intergenerational Fairness," CER-ETH Economics working paper series 07/68, CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich.
    3. Farmer Karl & Bednar-Friedl Birgit, 2017. "Existence and Efficiency of Stationary States in a Renewable Resource Based OLG Model with Different Harvest Costs," Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai Oeconomica, Sciendo, vol. 62(3), pages 3-32, December.
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    5. Stan Metcalfe, 2014. "George Shackle and The Schumpeterian Legacy," Graz Economics Papers 2014-08, University of Graz, Department of Economics.
    6. Valente, Simone, 2011. "Intergenerational externalities, sustainability and welfare—The ambiguous effect of optimal policies on resource depletion," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(4), pages 995-1014.

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    Keywords

    Distortionary Taxation; Intergenerational Transfers; Overlapping Generations; Renewable Resources; Sustainability.;

    JEL classification:

    • H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General
    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General

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