Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/45633
Authors: 
Dimitrov, Dinko
Puppe, Clemens
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Working paper series in economics 23
Abstract: 
We consider the problem of how societies should be partitioned into classes if individuals express their views about who should be put with whom in the same class. A non-bossy social aggregator depends only on those cells of the individual partitions the society members classify themselves in. This fact allows us to concentrate on a corresponding 'opinion graph' for each profile of views. By means of natural sovereignty, liberalism, and equal treatment requirements, we characterize the non-bossy aggregators generating partitions in which the social classes are refinements of the weakly connected components of the opinion graph.
Subjects: 
social aggregation
group identity
liberalism, non-bossiness
JEL: 
D71
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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