Valente, Simone (2006): Intergenerational Transfers, Lifetime Welfare and Resource Preservation.
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This paper analyzes overlapping-generations models where natural capital is owned by selfish agents. Transfers in favor of young agents reduce the rate of depletion and increase output growth. It is shown that intergenerational transfers may be preferred to laissez-faire by an indefinite sequence of generations: if the resource share in production is sufficiently high, the welfare gain induced by preservation compensates for the loss due to taxation. This conclusion is reinforced when other assets are available, e.g. man-made capital, claims on monopoly rents, and R&D investment. Transfers raise the welfare of all generations, except that of the first resource owner: if resource endowments are taxed at time zero, all successive generations support resource-saving policies for purely selfish reasons.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Institution:||CER ETH Zurich|
|Original Title:||Intergenerational Transfers, Lifetime Welfare and Resource Preservation|
|Keywords:||Distortionary Taxation; Intergenerational Transfers; Overlapping Generations; Renewable Resources; Sustainability; Technological Change|
|Subjects:||Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics ; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q0 - General > Q01 - Sustainable Development
H - Public Economics > H3 - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents > H30 - General
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics ; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q2 - Renewable Resources and Conservation > Q20 - General
|Depositing User:||Simone Valente|
|Date Deposited:||05. Dec 2006|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 20:08|
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