Inheritances, social classes, and wealth distribution

  title={Inheritances, social classes, and wealth distribution},
  author={Pedro Patr'icio and Nuno A. M. Ara'ujo},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
We consider a simple theoretical model to investigate the impact of inheritances on the wealth distribution. Wealth is described as a finite resource, which remains constant over different generations and is divided equally among offspring. All other sources of wealth are neglected. We consider different societies characterized by a different offspring probability distribution. We find that, if the population remains constant, the society reaches a stationary wealth distribution. We show that… 

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