Entropy, desegregation, and proportional rationing

Moulin, H. (2016) Entropy, desegregation, and proportional rationing. Journal of Economic Theory, 162, pp. 1-20. (doi:10.1016/j.jet.2015.12.002)

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Abstract

An assignment of students to schools displays zero-segregation if all schools have the same distribution of the different types of students (ethnic, geographical, gender). We axiomatize the choice of an optimally desegregated assignment under arbitrary capacity constraints. The celebrated Consistency axiom, together with standard rational choice requirements, identify the choice rule minimizing a canonical index of proportional fairness: the entropy of the assignment matrix. This is an alternative vindication of the Mutual Information index of segregation recently characterized in Frankel and Volij (2011). A similar result holds in the capacity-constrained extension of the bipartite rationing model: there we must minimize the entropy of the rationing matrix augmented by individual deficits.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moulin, Professor Herve
Authors: Moulin, H.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:Journal of Economic Theory
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0022-0531
ISSN (Online):1095-7235
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc.
First Published:First published in Journal of Economic Theory 162:1-20
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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