Social Choice and Welfare

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 65–79

Freedom of choice and expected compromise

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00355-009-0430-4

Cite this article as:
Gustafsson, J.E. Soc Choice Welf (2010) 35: 65. doi:10.1007/s00355-009-0430-4


This article develops a new measure of freedom of choice based on the proposal that a set offers more freedom of choice than another if, and only if, the expected degree of dissimilarity between a random alternative from the set of possible alternatives and the most similar offered alternative in the set is smaller. Furthermore, a version of this measure is developed, which is able to take into account the values of the possible options.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of PhilosophyRoyal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden