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Title:The political economy of intra- and intergenerational redistribution with asymmetric information PDF Logo
Authors:Lorz, Jens Oliver
Issue Date:1999
Series/Report no.:Kiel Working Papers 904
Abstract:In this paper redistribution policy is analyzed in a 2-period overlapping generations model with heterogeneous individuals and asymmetric information between the government and the private sector. Individuals of the same generation differ with respect to their labor productivity. In each period, the respective government decides not only about the distribution of consumption between the working generation and the retired but also about the distribution within generations - between individuals with a high and with a low productivity of labor. The government in period 1 is not able to determine the policy of the subsequent government in period 2. In the political equilibrium, consumption of high- and low-productivity individuals is inefficiently allocated over their life cycle. For a given level of aggregate savings, a Pareto-improvement would be achieved, if high-productivity individuals consumed less during their working life and more during retirement in the following period, whereas low-productivity individuals had to consume more during their working life and less during retirement. In addition to this inefficiency, the government in period 1 may choose an inefficient level of aggregate savings in the equilibrium. It is shown for a specific example that an increase in aggregate savings would be Pareto-improving.
Subjects:Overlapping generations
redistribution
political economy
asymmetric information
JEL:E62
D78
D82
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des IfW
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