A Neoclassical Model of Pension Capitalism in Which r > g

45 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2016

Date Written: January 16, 2016


This paper presents a neoclassical overlapping generations model in which the rate of growth is positive, income distribution does not become more unequal in a steady state, and the real rate of return on wealth exceeds the rate of growth. The existence of two assets in the model distinguishes between capital and wealth. In contrast to Thomas Piketty’s empirical results, no dynasties inherit wealth in the model, and no shocks occur to heterogeneous households in the same generation. Without such phenomena, the excess of the real rate of return on wealth over the rate of growth need not drive increased income inequality.

Keywords: Income and Its Distribution, Intertemporal Household Choice, General Aggregative Models Neoclassical

JEL Classification: D5, D31, D91, E13, O15

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Vienneau, Robert L., A Neoclassical Model of Pension Capitalism in Which r > g (January 16, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2716709 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2716709

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