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Allocation by coercion


  • Quesada, Antonio


The problem of allocating indivisible goods is considered when groups of individuals can make use of their power to plunder other groups. A monarch in a group of individuals is an individual who always obtains one of his most preferred goods. A Paretian condition together with a requirement of robust stability lead to the existence of monarchs in all subsets of individuals, except possibly one.

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  • Quesada, Antonio, 2009. "Allocation by coercion," MPRA Paper 19399, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:19399

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    Allocation rule; dictator; indivisible good; power; coalition formation.;

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    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation

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