Title

Strictly Fair Allocations in Large Exchange Economies

Authors

Lin Zhou

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

3-1-1991

CFDP Number

972

CFDP Pages

27

Abstract

In this paper we introduce the concept of a strictly fair allocation and investigate the set of strictly fair allocations in large exchange economies. We prove that when agents’ utility functions are differentiable, the set of strictly fair allocations coincides with the set of equal-income Walrasian equilibria. This is shown using both the “limit theorem” approach the “limit economy” approach. We also extend the analysis to economies that have both atoms and an atomless sector. These results substantially improve upon the existing characterizations of equal-income Walrasian equilibria in terms of both economic efficiency and economic equity.

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