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Disputed Lands

Marco Dall'Aglio and Fabio Maccheroni

No 58, Carlo Alberto Notebooks from Collegio Carlo Alberto

Abstract: In this paper we consider the classical problem of dividing a land among many agents so that everybody is satisfied with the parcel she receives. In the literature, it is usually assumed that all the agents are endowed with cardinally comparable, additive, and monotone utility functions. In many economic and political situations violations of these assumptions may arise. We show how a family of cardinally comparable utility functions can be obtained starting directly from the agents’ preferences, and how a fair division of the land is feasible, without additivity or monotonicity requirements. Moreover, if the land to be divided can be modelled as a finite dimensional simplex, it is possible to obtain envy-free (and a fortiori fair) divisions of it into subsimplexes. The main tool is an extension of a representation theorem of Gilboa and Schmeidler (1989).

Keywords: Gender Fair Division; Envy-freeness; Preference Representation. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D01 D74 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2007
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