Theory and Decision

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 213–238

Constraints and the Measurement of Freedom of Choice


DOI: 10.1023/A:1010384118394

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Bavetta, S. & Del Seta, M. Theory and Decision (2001) 50: 213. doi:10.1023/A:1010384118394


This paper introduces considerations about constraints in the construction of measures of an agent's freedom. It starts with motivating the exercise from both the philosophical and the informational point of view. Then it presents two rankings of opportunity sets based on information about the extent of options and the constraints that a decision maker faces. The first ranking measures freedom as variety of choice; the second as non-restrictedness in choice.

Measures of libertyFreedom of choiceConstraintsNon-welfaristic foundations of normative economicsSocial choice theory

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Istituto di Scienze FinanziarieUniversità di Palermo and CPNSS, London School of EconomicsLondonUK