Sharing the Wealth: Demographic Change and Economic Transfers between Generations

Hardcover | August 1, 2000

EditorAndrew Mason, Georges Tapinos

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This book is a collection of papers by leading scholars whose research concerns economic transfers between generations. The issues addressed have great relevance to demographic issues, particularly the determination of fertility, to economic issues, including equity and growth, and to publicpolicy, especially social security reform. Part I focuses on intergenerational features of the macroeconomy. Advances in the construct ion of generational accounts are described and used to examine how the magnitude and direction of intergenerational transfers influences demographic behaviour,the distribution of income and the accumulation of wealth. Studies presented in Part II consider the role of the state as a provider of economic security for the elderly. The authors draw on international experience and discuss many of the issues that must be confronted if efforts to reform publicpension programs are to be successful. Part III considers the intergenerational behaviour of the family. The authors examine competing theories in both industrialized and developing country settings to consider how demographic change, the development of financial institutions, public policy andother economic forces influence the amount, form and timing of intergenerational transfers.

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This book is a collection of papers by leading scholars whose research concerns economic transfers between generations. The issues addressed have great relevance to demographic issues, particularly the determination of fertility, to economic issues, including equity and growth, and to publicpolicy, especially social security reform. ...

Andrew Mason is Professor of Economics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Senior Fellow and former Director of the Program on Population at the East-West Center. He has served on advisory committees and as a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the US National Academy of Sciences, the US Agency for Intern...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198296207

ISBN - 13:9780198296201

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1. Andrew Mason and George Tapinos: IntroductionPart I: Intergenerational Accounting2. Ronald D. Lee: Intergenerational Transfers and the Economic Life Cycle: A Cross-cultural Perspective3. Andrew Mason and Tim Miller: Dynasties, Intergenerational Transfers, and Life-cycle Income: A Case Study of Taiwan4. Jagadeesh Gokhale: Demographic Change, Generational Accounts, and National Saving in the United StatesPart II: Government-funded Pension Programmes5. Jorge Bravo: On the Rate of Return of Unfunded Pension Systems6. Rafael P. Rofman: Moving Social Security towards Fully Funded Schemes: Who Pays the Cost?7. Salvador Valdes-Prieto: The Political Economy of Two Chilean Pension Systems8. Didier Blanchet and Jean-Alain Montford: Pensions and Generational Histories in a Simple Demo-economic Model: The Case of France9. Shripad Tuljapurkar and Ronald D. Lee: Demographic Uncertainty and the OASDI Trust Funds of the United StatesPart III: The Family and Intergenerational Transfers10. Andrew D. Foster and Mark R. Rosenzweig: Financial Intermediation, Transfers, and Commitment: Do Banks Crowd Out Private Insurance Arrangements in Low-Income Rural Areas11. Alessandro Cigno: Self-enforcing Family Constitutions: Implications for Saving, Fertility, and Social Security12. Sumon Kumar Bhaumik and Jeffrey B. Nugent: Wealth Accumulation, Fertility, and Transfers to Elderly Household Heads in Peru13. Yean-Ju Lee: Support between Rural Parents and Migrant Children in a Rapidly Industrializing Society: South Korea14. Joseph G. Altonji, Fumio Hayashi, and Laurence Kotlikoff: The Effects of Income and Wealth on Time and Money Transfers between Parents and Children15. Anne Laferrere: Housing Inheritance: An Empirical Analysis of French Data

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`All of the essays in this book are informative, they hang together well, and the editors' introduction provides a valuable synthesis'Population and Development Review, Vol.27, No.4