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William Thomson

Social Choice and Welfare, 2016, vol. 47, issue 3, No 10, 665-696

Abstract: Abstract An allocation rule is “non-bossy” if whenever a change in an agent’s preferences does not bring about a change in his assignment, then it does not bring about a change in anybody’s assignment. We discuss the multiple interpretations that have been proposed for this property. We question their validity, arguing that in most cases, non-bossiness either says too little or that it says too much. We also make a case against the property. We propose as its main justification the technical help that it often provides in structuring classes of rules, making characterizations more manageable.

JEL-codes: C79 D63 D74 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1007/s00355-016-0987-7

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