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Anonymity in Large Societies

  • Andrei Gomberg

    (Centro de Investigacion Economica (CIE), Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM))

  • Cesar Martinelli

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    (Centro de Investigacion Economica (CIE), Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM))

  • Ricard Torres

    (Centro de Investigacion Economica (CIE), Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), Universitat de Girona)

In a social choice model with an infinite number of agents, there may occur "equal size" coalitions that a preference aggregation rule should treat in the same manner. We introduce an axiom of equal treatment with respect to a measure of coalition size and explore its interaction with common axioms of social choice. We show that, provided the measure space is sufficiently rich in coalitions of the same measure, the new axiom is the natural extension of the concept of anonymity, and in particular plays a similar role in the characterization of preference aggregation rules.

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Paper provided by Centro de Investigacion Economica, ITAM in its series Working Papers with number 0211.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2002
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Handle: RePEc:cie:wpaper:0211
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