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Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 2 No. 2 (Spring 1988)

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The Role of Intergenerational Transfers and Life Cycle Saving in the Accumulation of Wealth

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Modigliani, Franco. 1988. "The Role of Intergenerational Transfers and Life Cycle Saving in the Accumulation of Wealth." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2(2): 15-40.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.2.2.15

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The purpose of this paper is to review what economists know at present about the following question: How large a portion of the existing wealth is the result of a bequest motive, that is, of accumulation for the specific purpose of leaving bequests? But first I will clarify why an answer to this question is of interest.

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023: Macroeconomics--Theory of Aggregate Demand: Consumption
224: National Wealth and Balance Sheets
023: Macroeconomics of Intertemporal Choice
024: Welfare Theory--Redistribution Analyses

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