Economic Theory Bulletin

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 219–238 | Cite as

Egalitarianism with a dash of fair efficiency

  • Martin Van der LindenEmail author
Research Article


We study the construction of Paretian egalitarian social ordering functions in a distribution model with multiple goods and heterogeneous preferences. Given the impossibility to combine equality of resources with efficiency (Fleurbaey and Trannoy, Soc Choice Welf 21:243–263, 2003), we define weaker axioms of equality and efficiency relying on the mean bundle in the allocation. We identify a leximin social ordering function that satisfy these weaker axioms by relying on welfare measures representing the fraction of the mean bundle that would leave an agent indifferent with her bundle.


Fairness Social orderings Equality Efficiency 

JEL Classification

D63 D71 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and FinanceUtah State UniversityLoganUSA

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