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How Fair are Fair Allocations?

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In this paper, we study a situation where a number of objects are to be allocated to a number of agents, where each agent can receive multiple objects and the number of agents that can receive a copy of a given object is limited by a capacity constraint, and utility functions are linear. The paper investigates the fairness of such allocations. Previous literature has applied numerous ways of measuring allocation fairness as well as numerous strategies for obtaining allocations. The goal of this paper is to study the fairness of allocations obtained by different allocation methods as viewed by different fairness measures. We hope that this will help guide future research towards a rational choice of allocation methods and measures.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCluster for Operations Research And Logistics, Department of Economics, Aarhus University
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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