Egalitarian Equivalence under Asymmetric Information


We propose a definition of egalitarian equivalence that extends Pazner and Schmeidler's (1978) concept to environments with incomplete information. If every feasible allocation rule can be implemented by an incentive compatible mechanism (as, for instance, in the case of non-exclusive information), then interim egalitarian equivalence and interim incentive efficiency remain compatible, as they were under complete information. When incentive constraints are more restrictive, on the other hand, the two criteria may become incompatible.

Published as: Egalitarian Equivalence Under Asymmetric Information in Games and Economic Behavior , Vol. 75, No. 1, 413--423, January, 2012