Trade-off between equity and efficiency in a general economy with indivisible goods
In most of the recent literature on fair allocation in economies with indivisible goods and a single infinitely divisible good, it is assumed that each agent can consume at most one indivisible good. In this paper, we show that if this assumption is dropped, there do not necessarily exist envy-free and Pareto efficient allocations. However, envy-free allocations still exist and so do Pareto efficient allocations. Hence, a trade-off between equity and efficiency arises.
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Volume (Year): 13 (1996)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
|Note:||Received: 17 February 1995/Accepted: 16 June 1995|
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