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Human Capital and Optimal Redistribution

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  • Koeniger, Winfried
  • Prat, Julien

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We characterize optimal redistribution in a dynastic economy with observable human capital and hidden ability. We compute the optimal allocation and show how it can be implemented with student loans or means-tested grants. The numerical results reveal that human capital investment should decline in parental income because parents with high income bequeath more and this lowers the labor supply of their children through a wealth effect.

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  • Koeniger, Winfried & Prat, Julien, 2017. "Human Capital and Optimal Redistribution," Annual Conference 2017 (Vienna): Alternative Structures for Money and Banking 168073, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    1. Robert J. Gary-Bobo & Alain Trannoy, 2015. "Optimal student loans and graduate tax under moral hazard and adverse selection," RAND Journal of Economics, RAND Corporation, vol. 46(3), pages 546-576, September.
    2. Lukas Mayr & Dominik Sachs & Fabian Kindermann, 2017. "Inheritance Taxation and Wealth Effects on the Labor Supply of Heirs," 2017 Meeting Papers 1046, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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