Fair public decision making


Conference Paper

© 2017 ACM. We generalize the classic problem of fairly allocating indivisible goods to the problem of fair public decision making, in which a decision must be made on several social issues simultaneously, and, unlike the classic se.ing, a decision can provide positive utility to multiple players. We extend the popular fairness notion of proportionality (which is not guaranteeable) to our more general se.ing, and introduce three novel relaxations - proportionality up to one issue, round robin share, and pessimistic proportional share -That are also interesting in the classic goods allocation se.ing. We show that the Maximum Nash Welfare solution, which is known to satisfy appealing fairness properties in the classic se.ing, satisfies or approximates all three relaxations in our framework. We also provide polynomial time algorithms and hardness results for finding allocations satisfying these axioms, with or without insisting on Pareto optimality.

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Cited Authors

  • Conitzer, V; Freeman, R; Shah, N

Published Date

  • June 20, 2017

Published In

  • Ec 2017 Proceedings of the 2017 Acm Conference on Economics and Computation

Start / End Page

  • 629 - 646

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781450345279

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1145/3033274.3085125

Citation Source

  • Scopus