Heterogeneous time preferences and the distribution of wealth

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This paper shows that when households are heterogeneous with respect to time preference, the capital market functions as a powerful mechanism generating and maintaining a highly skewed distribution of wealth. A simple model of household savings is embedded into (1) a consumption loans economy and (2) a productive capital economy. The robustness of the conclusions is tested by relaxing some of the simplifying assumptions. Various counteracting instruments of social policy are discussed. © 1985.




Ryder, H. E. (1985). Heterogeneous time preferences and the distribution of wealth. Mathematical Social Sciences, 9(1), 63–76. https://doi.org/10.1016/0165-4896(85)90008-3

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