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Opportunity Sets and Individual Well-Being

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  • Bossert, W.

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An opportunity set ranking rule assigns an ordering of opportunity sets to each individual utility function (defined on the universal set of alternatives) within the domain of this rule. Using an axiomatic approach, this paper characterizes a general class of opportunity set ranking rules which are based on the utilities associated with the elements of an opportunity set. It is argued that the addition of an alternative to a given opportunity set is not necessarily desirable in terms of overall well-being, and this position is reflected in replacing a commonly used monotonicity axiom with an alternative condition.

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Paper provided by University of Waterloo, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 9414.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 1994
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Handle: RePEc:wat:wpaper:9414

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Keywords: social justice;

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  1. Sebastian Bervoets & Nicolas Gravel, 2003. "Appraising diversity with an ordinal notion of similarity: an Axiomatic approach," IDEP Working Papers, Institut d'economie publique (IDEP), Marseille, France 0308, Institut d'economie publique (IDEP), Marseille, France.
  2. Erwin Ooghe & Erik Schokkaert & Dirk gaer, 2007. "Equality of Opportunity versus Equality of Opportunity Sets," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, Springer, vol. 28(2), pages 209-230, February.
  3. Herrero, Carmen, 1997. "Equitable opportunities: an extension," Economics Letters, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 55(1), pages 91-95, August.
  4. Arlegi, R. & Dimitrov, D.A., 2004. "On Procedural Freedom of Choice," Discussion Paper, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research 2004-9, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  5. Ritxar Arlegi & Dinko Dimitrov, 2005. "On freedom, lack of information and the preference for easy choices," Working Papers, Bielefeld University, Center for Mathematical Economics 364, Bielefeld University, Center for Mathematical Economics.
  6. Antoinette Baujard, 2007. "Conceptions of freedom and ranking opportunity sets. A typology," Post-Print, HAL halshs-00294466, HAL.
  7. Barbera, S. & Bossert, W. & Pattanaik, P.K., 2001. "Ranking Sets of Objects," Cahiers de recherche, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ 2001-02, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
  8. Walter Bossert, . "Opportunity Sets and the Measurement of Information," Discussion Papers, University of Nottingham, School of Economics 98/6, University of Nottingham, School of Economics.
  9. Ricardo Arlegi, 2005. "Freedom Of Choice And Conflict Resolution," Documentos de Trabajo - Lan Gaiak Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra, Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra 0502, Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra.
  10. Ricardo Arlegi & Dinko Dimitrov, 2006. "On Freedom of Choice, Ambiguity, and the Preference for Easy Choices," Documentos de Trabajo - Lan Gaiak Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra, Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra 0607, Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra.

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