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The Effect of Aspirations, Habits, and Social Security on the Distribution of Wealth

Jordi Caballe () and Ana I. Moro Egido ()
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Ana I. Moro Egido: Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada.

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No 08/02, ThE Papers from Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada.

Abstract: In this paper, we analyze how the introduction of habits and aspirations affects the distribution of wealth when individuals’ labor productivity is subject to idiosyncratic shocks and bequests arise from a joy-of-giving motive. In the presence of either bequests or aspirations, labor income shocks are transmitted intergenerationally and this transmission, together with the contemporaneous income shocks, determines the stationary distribution of wealth. We show that the introduction of aspirations increases both the intragenerational variability of wealth and the corresponding degree of intergenerational mobility. The opposite result holds when habits are introduced. Finally, we discuss how aspirations and habits interact with the redistributive features of an unfunded social security system.

Keywords: Aspirations; Habits; Wealth Distribution; Social Security. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 E21 E62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2008-06-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-mac and nep-soc
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