On Myopia as Rationale for Social Security

Date
2008-09-01
Authors
Andersen, Torben
Bhattacharya, Joydeep
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Publisher
Altmetrics
Authors
Research Projects
Organizational Units
Economics
Organizational Unit
Journal Issue
Series
Abstract

This paper revisits the role played by myopia in generating a theoretical rationale for pay-as-you-go social security in dynamically efficient economies. Contrary to received wisdom, if the real interest rate is exogenously fixed, enough myopia may justify public pensions but never alongside positive private savings. With sufficient myopia, co-existence of positive optimal pensions and positive private saving is possible if the real interest rate on saving evolves endogenously, as in a model with a neoclassical technology.

Description
Keywords
myopia, pensions, social security, dynamic efficiency
Citation
DOI
Source
Collections