Allocating an indivisible good. A questionnaire-experimental study of intercultural differences
AbstractWe present the results of a questionnaire study in Belgium, Burkina Faso and Indonesia focusing on the problem of the just allocation of an indivisible good. The formal axioms proposed in social choice theory are helpful in structuring the response patterns. Interindividual differences can be interpreted in a meaningful way in terms of basic intuitions about desert, efficiency and compensation. Belgian students are most resourceegalitarian, Burkinese students attach a large weight to innate capacities, Indonesian students focus on actual production. The crucial no-envy criterion is supported by a majority of respondents, but this majority becomes small if there is an unavoidable conflict between no-envy and the "responsibility" requirement of the stand-alone upper bound.
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- Schokkaert, E & Devooght, Kurt & Capéau, Bart & Lelli, Sara, 2007. "Allocation an indivisible good. A questionnaire-experimental study of intercultural differences," Working Papers 2007/09, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
- Erik Schokkaert & Kurt Devooght & Bart Capeau & Sara Lelli, 2007. "Allocating an indivisible good. A questionnaire-experimental study of intercultural differences," Center for Economic Studies - Discussion papers ces0716, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën.
- D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
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