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See detailWhen to give? A note on the timing of gifts and bequests
Jousten, Alain ULg

in National Institute Economic Review (2006), 198

We generalise the standard joy-of-giving bequest motive by including inter-vivos gifts. Within a life-cycle framework, we analyse the implications of the choice of different discount factors for the ... [more ▼]

We generalise the standard joy-of-giving bequest motive by including inter-vivos gifts. Within a life-cycle framework, we analyse the implications of the choice of different discount factors for the utility of gifts and bequests. For a linear utility of giving, we characterise the gift and bequest pattern of a liquidity constrained individual over the life-cycle. We find that discounting at the interest rate is very convenient as the linear utility parameter can be interpreted as a summary measure for the strength of the motive of giving, net of all gift and bequest timing issues over the life-cycle. [less ▲]

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