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Allocation an indivisible good. A questionnaire-experimental study of intercultural differences

  • Schokkaert, E


    (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

  • Devooght, Kurt


    (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), Belgium
    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

  • Capéau, Bart

    (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

  • Lelli, Sara

    (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza, Italy)

We present the results of a questionnaire study in Belgium, Burkina Faso and Indonesia focusing on the problem of the just allocation of an indivisible good. The formal axioms proposed in social choice theory are helpful in structuring the response patterns. Interindividual differences can be interpreted in a meaningful way in terms of basic intuitions about desert, efficiency and compensation. Belgian students are most resourceegalitarian, Burkinese students attach a large weight to innate capacities, Indonesian students focus on actual production. The crucial no-envy criterion is supported by a majority of respondents, but this majority becomes small if there is an unavoidable conflict between no-envy and the "responsibility" requirement of the stand-alone upper bound.

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Paper provided by Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management in its series Working Papers with number 2007/09.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:200709
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