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Education Policy and Intergenerational Transfers in Equilibrium

Brant Abbott (), Giovanni Gallipoli (), Costas Meghir () and Giovanni L. Violante
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Giovanni L. Violante: New York University

No 1887R2, Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers from Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University

Abstract: This paper examines the equilibrium e?ects of alternative ?nancial aid policies intended to promote college participation. We build an overlapping generations life cycle model with education, labor supply, and consumption/saving decisions. Cognitive and non-cognitive skills of children depend on the cognitive skills and education of parents, and a?ect education choice and labor market outcomes. Driven by both altruism and paternalism, parents make transfers to their children which can be used to fund education, supplementing grants, loans and the labor supply of the children themselves during college. The crowding out of parental transfers by government programs is sizable and thus cannot be ignored when designing policy. The current system of federal aid is valuable: removing either grants or loans would each reduce output by 2% and welfare by 3% in the long-run. An expansion of aid towards ability-tested grants would be markedly superior to either an expansion of student loans or a labor tax cut. This result is, in part, due to the complementarity between parental education and ability in the production of skills of future generations.

Keywords: Education; Education policy; Public finance; Financial aid; Inter vivos transfers; Altruism; Overlapping generations; Credit constraints; Labor supply; Equilibrium (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 I22 J23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-02, Revised 2018-05
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