Economic Theory

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 481–488 | Cite as

Dying of selfishness

  • Bruno Decreuse
Exposita Notes


In this paper, we provide an altruistic interpretation to the Blanchard (1985) perpetual youth model and examine under which conditions such interpretation holds. Unlike the standard model, the modified model essentially requires no insurance and a bequest nonnegativity constraint.

Keywords and Phrases: Perpetual youth model, Imperfect altruism. 
JEL Classification Numbers: B41, D64. 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruno Decreuse
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  1. 1.GREQAM, Université de la Méditerranée, 2, rue de la Charité, 13002 Marseille, FRANCE (e-mail: FR

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