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Welfare egalitarianism in non-rival environments

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  • Maniquet, Francois
  • Sprumont, Yves

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We study equity in economies where a set of agents commonly own a technology producing a non-rival good from their private contributions. A social ordering function associates to each economy a complete ranking of the allocations. We build social ordering functions satisfying the property that individual welfare levels exceeding a legitimate upper bound should be reduced. Combining that property with efficiency and robustness properties with respect to changes in the set of agents, we obtain a kind of welfare egalitarianism based on a constructed numerical representation of individual preferences.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Theory.

Volume (Year): 120 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 155-174

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:120:y:2005:i:2:p:155-174

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  1. SPRUMONT, Yves, 2009. "Relative Egalitarianism and Related Criteria," Cahiers de recherche 2009-02, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.
  2. Marc Fleurbaey, 2004. "Two Criteria for Social Decisions," Economics Series Working Papers 2004-W27, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  3. Marc Fleurbaey, 2005. "Is Commodity Taxation Unfair?," IDEP Working Papers 0502, Institut d'economie publique (IDEP), Marseille, France, revised Jan 2005.
  4. SPRUMONT, Yves & MANIQUET, François, 2006. "Sharing the Cost of a Public Good: An Incentive-Constrained Axiomatic Approach," Cahiers de recherche 06-2006, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
  5. Giacomo Valletta, 2009. "A fair solution to the compensation problem," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 32(3), pages 455-478, March.
  6. Efthymios Athanasiou, 2012. "Endogenous productivity and equality of opportunity," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 39(1), pages 59-89, June.
  7. Giacomo, VALETTA, 2007. "A fair solution to the compensation problem," Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) 2007038, Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques.
  8. Welch, Timothy F., 2013. "Equity in transport: The distribution of transit access and connectivity among affordable housing units," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 283-293.

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