Theory and Decision

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 277–307

On fair compensation

  • Marc Fleurbaey

DOI: 10.1007/BF01079932

Cite this article as:
Fleurbaey, M. Theor Decis (1994) 36: 277. doi:10.1007/BF01079932


This paper analyses the problems arising in the pure exchange fair division model, when some dimensions of the resources are personal, fixed, and cannot be redistributed. The remaining resources must then be allocated in a compensatory way. A set of desirable normative properties is defined. No-envy satisfies these properties, but is not generally non-empty in this setting and other criteria are examined, for which existence results are given. General impossibility results obtain. In particular, it is generally impossible to compensate fully and only for differential personal resources, when preferences differ.


Compensation justice equality of resources extended preferences no-envy 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc Fleurbaey
    • 1
  1. 1.Départment RechercheINSEEMalakoff CedexFrance

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