On ranking opportunity distributions

Jorge Alcalde-Unzu, Miguel A. Ballester

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Our results show the intimate relationship between a large group of apparently different rankings of opportunity distributions. First, we provide a set of core basic axioms that are intuitively plausible under any concern for equality or efficiency aspects. Second, we introduce two very opposed views of the problem by incorporating different perspectives of the notion of advantage (better opportunity set) and we provide some axioms that might be defended under such extreme positions. For any of these two different perspectives, we characterize the families of rankings which satisfy the core axioms and the group of axioms corresponding to that view. These characterizations will prove insightful to better understand most of the criteria already introduced in the literature, which are part of the families we study. © Springer-Verlag 2009.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-31
JournalSocial Choice and Welfare
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


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