Allocating an Indivisible Good: A Questionnaire-Experimental Study of Intercultural Differences

18 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2007

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Erik Schokkaert

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL)

Kurt Devooght

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Center for Economic Studies

Bart Capéau

KU Leuven

Sara Lelli

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza - Faculty of Economics - Department of Social and Economic Science

Date Written: June 2007

Abstract

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 resource-egalitarian, 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.

Keywords: distributive justice, indivisible good, no envy criterion, intercultural differences

JEL Classification: D63

Suggested Citation

Schokkaert, Erik and Devooght, Kurt and Capéau, Bart and Lelli, Sara, Allocating an Indivisible Good: A Questionnaire-Experimental Study of Intercultural Differences (June 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1024465 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1024465

Erik Schokkaert (Contact Author)

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

Kurt Devooght

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Center for Economic Studies ( email )

Naamsestraat 69
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

Bart Capéau

KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant
Belgium

Sara Lelli

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza - Faculty of Economics - Department of Social and Economic Science ( email )

Via Emilia Parmense, 84
Piacenza
Italy

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