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Rationing with Baselines: The Composition Extension Operator


  • Jens Leth Hougaard

    () (Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Juan D. Moreno-Ternero

    (Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

  • Lars Peter Østerdal

    () (Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark)


We introduce a new operator for general rationing problems in which, besides conflicting claims, individual baselines play an important role in the rationing process. The operator builds onto ideas of composition, which are not only frequent in rationing, but also in related problems such as bargaining, choice, and queuing. We characterize the operator and show how it preserves some standard axioms in the literature on rationing. We also relate it to recent contributions in such literature.

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  • Jens Leth Hougaard & Juan D. Moreno-Ternero & Lars Peter Østerdal, 2012. "Rationing with Baselines: The Composition Extension Operator," MSAP Working Paper Series 08_2012, University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:foi:msapwp:08_2012

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    1. Thomson, William, 2015. "Axiomatic and game-theoretic analysis of bankruptcy and taxation problems: An update," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 74(C), pages 41-59.
    2. Juan D. Moreno-Ternero, 2017. "A Talmudic Approach to Bankruptcy Problems," Working Papers 17.01, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics.
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    4. Pere Timoner & Josep Maria Izquierdo, 2014. "Rationing problems with payoff thresholds," UB Economics Working Papers 2014/311, Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat d'Economia i Empresa, UB Economics.
    5. Pere Timoner Lledó & Josep Maria Izquierdo Aznar, 2015. "Generalized rationing problems and solutions," UB Economics Working Papers 2015/329, Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat d'Economia i Empresa, UB Economics.
    6. René Brink & Juan D. Moreno-Ternero, 2017. "The reverse TAL-family of rules for bankruptcy problems," Annals of Operations Research, Springer, vol. 254(1), pages 449-465, July.
    7. Timoner, Pere & Izquierdo, Josep M., 2016. "Rationing problems with ex-ante conditions," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 79(C), pages 46-52.

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    rationing; baselines; claims; operator; composition;

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    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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