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Sharing the Wealth: Demographic Change and Economic Transfers between Generations

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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 public policy, especially social security reform.
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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 International Development, and the United Nations.

Georges Tapinos is Professor of Economics at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, and a former General Secretary of IUSSP.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
1 Introduction 1
I Intergenerational Accounting
2 Intergenerational Transfers and the Economic Life Cycle: A Cross-cultural Perspective 17
3 Dynasties, Intergenerational Transfers, and Life-Cycle Income: A Case Study of Taiwan 57
4 Demographic Change, Generational Accounts, and National Saving in the United States 85
II Government-Funded Pension Programmes
5 On the Rate of Return of Unfunded Pension Systems 107
6 Moving Social Security towards Fully Funded Schemes: Who Pays the Cost? 123
7 The Political Economy of Two Chilean Pensions Systems 144
8 Pensions and Generational Histories in a Simple Demo-economic Model: The Case of France 170
9 Demographic Uncertainty and the OASDI Trust Funds of the United States 195
III The Family and Intergenerational Transfers
10 Financial Intermediation, Transfers, and Commitment: Do Banks Crowd out Private Insurance Arrangements in Low-Income Rural Areas? 211
11 Self-enforcing Family Constitutions: Implications for Saving, Fertility, and Social Security 232
12 Wealth Accumulation, Fertility, and Transfers to Elderly Household Heads in Peru 256
13 Support between Rural Parents and Migrant Children in a Rapidly Industrializing Society: South Korea 282
14 The Effects of Income and Wealth on Time and Money Transfers between Parents and Children 306
15 Housing Inheritance: An Empirical Analysis of French Data 358
References 384
Index 401
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