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I build a model with heterogeneous agents which is consistent both with rising wage inequality across education levels and with an increasing relative number of college graduates. I use the model to investigate the welfare implications of policies which influence the structure of net wages. Each...
This paper develops a model of endogenous growth with overlapping generations to investigate the joint determination of social security, public investment, and growth in a small open economy. We show that a pure pay-as-you-go system with benefits indexed to wages provides taxpayers with...
This paper studies, within a general equilibrium model, the dynamics of Year 2000 (Y2K)-type shocks: anticipated, permanent losses in output whose magnitude can be lessened by investing resources in advance. The implied dynamics replicate three observed characteristics of those triggered by the...
This paper analyzes the quantitative role of idiosyncratic uncertainty in an economy in which rational agents vote on hypothetical social security reforms. We find that the role of a pay-as-you-go social security system as a partial insurance and redistribution device significantly reduces...
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