Intergenerational transmission of skills during childhood and optimal public policy
Alessandra Casarico (),
Luca Micheletto and
Alessandro Sommacal ()
No 2011:3, Working Paper Series, Center for Fiscal Studies from Uppsala University, Department of Economics
The paper characterizes the optimal tax policy and the optimal quality of day care services in a OLG model with warm-glow altruism where parental choices over child care arrangements affect the probability that the child becomes a high-skilled adult in a type-specific way. With respect to previous contributions, optimal tax formulas include type-specific Pigouvian terms which correct for the intergenerational externality in human capital accumulation. Our numerical simulations suggest that a public policy that disregards the effects of parental time on children's human capital entails a welfare loss that ranges from 0:2% to 5:7% of aggregate consumption.
Keywords: optimal taxation; day care quality; intergenerational transmission of skills; early childhood environment; warm-glow (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H21 H23 J13 J22 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 53 pages
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Published as Casarico, Alessandra, Luca Micheletto and Alessandro Sommacal, 'Intergenerational transmission of skills during childhood and optimal public policy' in Journal of Population Economics , 2015, pages 353-372.
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