Human capital, intrinsic motivation and poverty of elderly in later life

Supian Mat Salleh, and Noreha Halid, (2018) Human capital, intrinsic motivation and poverty of elderly in later life. Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia, 52 (1). pp. 157-168. ISSN 0127-1962


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This research analyzes the linkage between elderly poverty and children’s human capital level via income distribution, in which fertility decisions are motivated by old-age support with the assumption that the parents are non-altruistic. The paper provides a mathematical model looking at the relationship of old age poverty and the children human capital level with intrinsic motivation. Under the assumption that the parents depend solely on the children as the source of income in old age, the paper applies the overlapping generation model by incorporating intrinsic motivation. This study shows that, in the absence of public education, parents who choose not to invest in the private education of their children will be locked in a poverty trap. However, children with higher motivation show an improvement in their human capital evolution, and, thus, help the parents escape the poverty trap regardless of the parental economic status.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Old age poverty; Human capital; Intrinsic motivation; Education
Journal:Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia
ID Code:19632
Deposited By: ms aida -
Deposited On:06 Sep 2022 02:51
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