Compensation and Responsibility: General Impossibilities and Possibilities


We consider a compensation problem within a responsible–sensitive egalitarian framework. We show that Arrowvian general impossibility results. However, if information about interpersonal– comparable utilities is available, this impossibility is escapable. We characterize a general class of allocation rules defined by social evaluation functions. As a corollary of our results, we obtain new characterizations of important rules such as Conditional Equality rules, Egalitarian Equivalent rules, and average versions of them.


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