- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 23, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521556449
- ISBN-13: 978-0521556446
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,540,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fair Division: From Cake-Cutting to Dispute Resolution
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In a democracy, the problem of fair division of goods is fundamental. It is, for example, what's lurking behind contemporary discussions of affirmative action, divorce law, and even of Medicare and Social Security. Its flip-side problem--burden-sharing--which is implicated in such issues as taxation and the draft, is likewise central. The authors, one a political scientist, the other a mathematician, start with an analysis of the well-known cake-cutting paradigm of "I cut, you choose" and gradually soup it up into a model capable of accommodating situations in which there are more than two parties, or more than one good. They emphasize division procedures that are not only proportional (that give each of n claimants a 1/n share of the good), but that also have the psychological property of being "envy-free"; that is, producing allocations in which each participant thinks (often wrongly, obviously) that he received the largest portion. --This text refers to the Printed Access Code edition.
"In this remarkable book, Brams and Taylor bring to the attention of the social scientists a literature thus far confined to puzzle-solving and other mathematical magazines....Brams and Taylor's original fair division procedures are of interest to all researchers." Hervé Moulin, Duke University
"...explains everything a layperson might need to know about fair division....Even lawyers should love the book." Discover
"Their message is important and it has many ramifications." Oxford International Review
"Brams and Taylor's book is a fine survey of procedures of fair division. It provides an invaluable reference for researchers, designers of fair procedures, as well as for teachers who want to discuss the games of fair division in their advanced undergraduate or graduate courses on distributive justice or conflict resolution." Marek M. Kaminski, Ethics & International Affairs
"Clear exposition and the rich collection of psychologically and socially intersting illustrations make this book eminently suitable for social science courses." A. Rapoport, Mathematical Reviews
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For those accustomed to reading mathematics or economics, this book is readable. For the layperson, it might be a little bit too technical in spots. While it has many practical examples, it isn't really a fair division manual for the do-it-yourselfer. But it's as close as you're going to get, for now.
Roger F. Gay, Project Leader Project for the Improvement of Child Support Litigation Technology [...]