Children Crying at Birthday Parties. Why?
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- Thomson, W. Economic Theory (2007) 31: 501. doi:10.1007/s00199-006-0109-3
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We consider the problem of dividing a non-homogeneous one-dimensional continuum whose endpoints are topologically identified. Examples are the division of a birthday cake, the partition of a circular market, the assignment of sentry duty or medical call. We study the existence of rules satisfying requirements of efficiency, fairness (no-envy), and immunity to misrepresentation of preferences (strategy-proofness).