Dividing Resources by Flexible Majority Rules
University of Heidelberg Discussion Paper No. 373
19 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2002
Date Written: January 2002
We examine the division of resources among individuals by flexible majority rules where the majority necessary to adopt a proposal depends on the proposal itself. For instance, the size of the majority may increase with the maximal difference between the shares individuals receive. For large discount factors such rules imply an efficient and even distribution of resources. For low discount factors flexible majority rules supplemented by specific agenda-setting rules such as agenda rights for the opposition guarantee envy-free distribution. Uncertainty about discount rates can make it easier to achieve efficient and envy-free allocations.
Keywords: Flexible majority rules, division of resources, unanimity rule, simple majority rule, fair division
JEL Classification: D72, D70
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