Social Choice and Welfare

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 281–289

On ranking linear budget sets in terms of freedom of choice


DOI: 10.1007/s00355-003-0287-x

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Xu, Y. Soc Choice Welfare (2004) 22: 281. doi:10.1007/s00355-003-0287-x


This paper examines how freedom of choice as reflected in an agent’s opportunity sets can be measured in economic environments where opportunity sets are linear budget sets in the non-negative orthant of the n-dimensional real space. Three axioms, Symmetry, Monotonicity and Invariance of Scaling Effects, are proposed for this purpose and the measure based on volumes of budget sets is characterized.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics, Andrew Young School of EconomicsGeorgia State UniversityAtlanta USA