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Education Policy and Intergenerational Transfers in Equilibrium

Brant Abbott, Giovanni Gallipoli, Costas Meghir, Giovanni L. Violante

NBER Working Paper No. 18782
Issued in February 2013, Revised in September 2018
NBER Program(s):Economics of Education, Economic Fluctuations and Growth, Labor Studies

We examine the equilibrium effects of college financial aid policies building an overlapping generations life cycle model with education, labor supply, and saving decisions. Cognitive and non-cognitive skills of children depend on parental education and skills, and affect education and labor market outcomes. Education is funded by parental transfers that supplement grants, loans and student labor supply. Crowding out of parental transfers by government programs is sizable and cannot be ignored. The current system of federal aid improves long-run welfare by 6%. More generous ability-tested grants would increase welfare and dominate both an expansion of student loans and a labor tax cut.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w18782

forthcoming, Journal of Political Economy

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