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Operative Gift and Bequest Motives

Andrew B. Abel

NBER Working Paper No. 2331 (Also Reprint No. r1004)
Issued in March 1988
NBER Program(s):   EFG

The Ricardian Equivalence Theorem, which is the proposition that changes in the timing of lump-sum taxes have no effect on assumption or capital accumulation, depends on the exist- of operative altruistic motives for intergenerational transfers. These transfers can be bequests from parents to children or gifts from children to parents. In order for the Ricardian Equivalence Theorem to hold, one of these transfer motives must be operative in the sense that the level of the transfer is not determined by a corner solution resulting from a binding non-negativity constraint This paper derives conditions that determine whether the bequest motive will be operative, the gift motive will be operative, or neither motive will be operative in a model in which consumers are altruistic toward their parents and their children.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w2331

Published: Abel, Andrew B. "Operative Gift and Bequest Motives." American Economic Review, Vol.77, No.5, (December 1987) pp. 1037-1047. citation courtesy of

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