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Interdependent Preferences in the Design of Equal-opportunity Policies

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Working paper
Author/s: 
Juan D. Moreno-Ternero
Issue number: 
2008/15
Publisher: 
CORE
Year: 
2008
We study mechanisms to construct equal-opportunity policies for resource allocation. In our model agents enjoy welfare as a function of the effort they expend, and the amount of a socially provided resource they consume. Nevertheless, agents have interdependent preferences, i.e., they not only care about their own allocation, but also about their peers' allocations. As in the standard approach to equality of opportunity, the aim is to allocate the social resource so that welfare across individuals at the same relative effort level is as equal as possible. We show how pursuing this same aim while assuming that agents have interdependent preferences might crucially alter the results.
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