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Participation and Solidarity in Redistribution Mechanisms


  • José-Manuel Giménez-Gómez

    () (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Dep. d’Economia and CREIP, Reus, Spain)

  • Josep E. Peris

    () (Universitat d’Alacant, Dep. de Metodes Quantitatius i Teoria Econ`omica, Alacant, Spain)


Following Bossert (1995), we consider a model where personal income depends on two different characteristics: skills and effort. Luttens (2010) introduces claims that individuals have over aggregate income and that only depend on the effort they exert. Moreover, he proposes redistribution mechanisms in which solidarity is based on changes in a lower bound on what every individual deserves according to these claims: the so-called minimal rights (O’Neill 1982). A debatable consequence in one of Luttens’ mechanisms is that “the poorest individuals might up with a negative income” (Luttens 2010); that is, this mechanism does not satisfy participation, which turns out to be incompatible with claims feasibility, under Luttens’ assumptions. We present a new solidarity axiom that is compatible both with participation and claims feasibility, and we provide a mechanism satisfying these properties and our new additive solidarity axiom. Moreover, our mechanism satisfies additional properties, as priority, or re spect of minimal rights.

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  • José-Manuel Giménez-Gómez & Josep E. Peris, 2015. "Participation and Solidarity in Redistribution Mechanisms," Czech Economic Review, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies, vol. 9(1), pages 036-048, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:fau:aucocz:au2015_036

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    1. Giménez-Gómez, José M. & Peris, Josep E. & Subiza, Begoña, 2016. "A `Solidarity' Approach to the Problem of Sharing a Network Cost," QM&ET Working Papers 16-5, University of Alicante, D. Quantitative Methods and Economic Theory.
    2. Giménez-Gómez, José-Manuel & Peris, Josep E. & Solís-Baltodano, María-José, 2017. "Resource Allocation with Warranties in Claims Problems," QM&ET Working Papers 17-4, University of Alicante, D. Quantitative Methods and Economic Theory.

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    Redistribution mechanism; minimal rights; solidarity; participation; claims feasibility;

    JEL classification:

    • C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations


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