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Exclusion from the Social Contract

  • Paul Weirich

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    (University of Missouri, USA)

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    Does rational bargaining yield a social contract that is efficient and so inclusive? A core allocation, that is, an allocation that gives each coalition at least as much as it can get on its own, is efficient. However, some coalitional games lack a core allocation, so rationality does not require one in those games. Does rationality therefore permit exclusion from the social contract? I replace realization of a core allocation with another type of equilibrium achievable in every coalitional game. Fully rational agents coordinate the pursuit of incentives so that equilibria of this type are efficient. They adopt a social contract that is efficient and inclusive.

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    Volume (Year): 10 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (May)
    Pages: 148-169

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:pophec:v:10:y:2011:i:2:p:148-169
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