Constraints and the Measurement of Freedom of Choice

Theory and Decision 50 (3):213-238 (2001)
This paper introduces considerations about constraints in the construction of measures of an agent's freedom. It starts with motivating the exercise from both the philosophical and the informational point of view. Then it presents two rankings of opportunity sets based on information about the extent of options and the constraints that a decision maker faces. The first ranking measures freedom as variety of choice; the second as non-restrictedness in choice
Keywords Measures of liberty  Freedom of choice  Constraints  Non-welfaristic foundations of normative economics  Social choice theory
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DOI 10.1023/A:1010384118394
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