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Cross-Dynastic Intergenerational Altruism

Seminar — Open online seminar with Frikk Nesje, The Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen.


Date & Time:

Online, and in meeting room B.S. Jørgensen, Rolighedsvej 25, 1958 Frederiksberg C

Hosted by:
Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO), University of Copenhagen


Open online seminar with Frikk Nesje, The Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen.


A concern for sustainability leads to cross-dynastic intergenerational altruism, defined as welfare weights on descendants also in other dynasties. Cross-dynastic intergenerational altruism gives rise to preference externalities because savings for one’s own descendants benefit present members of other dynasties. Since the external effect of present saving becomes less important over time, each dynasty has time inconsistent preferences. In a stationary Markov-perfect equilibrium, the saving rate is increasing in cross-dynastic intergenerational altruism and decreasing in the number of dynasties. In the limiting case, when the number of dynasties goes to infinity, the equilibrium saving rate equals the saving rate without cross-dynastic intergenerational altruism. The efficient saving rate with cross-dynastic intergenerational altruism is substantially higher than the equilibrium saving rate. Even limited cross-dynastic intergenerational altruism therefore plays a normative role. The analysis offers new insights on the “isolation paradox”, “hyperbolic” discounting and interdependent utility.

How to participate

The seminar is open to all.
The seminar will take place at meeting room B.S. Jørgensen (limited seating), Rolighedsvej 25, 1958 Frederiksberg C but you can also participate online via Zoom: