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Fair Division: From Cake-Cutting to Dispute Resolution Paperback – 7 Mar 1996

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'In this remarkable book, Brams and Taylor bring to the attention of social scientists a literature thus far confined to puzzle-solving and other mathematical magazines. The book's emphasis on Envy-Freeness will please economists; numerous practical mechanisms for negotiation will appeal to the political scientist and the lawyer; finally, Brams and Taylor's original fair division procedures are of interest to all researchers.' Herve Moulin, Duke University

'… explains everything a layperson might need to know about fair division … lawyers should love the book'. Discover

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Cutting a cake, dividing up the property in an estate, determining the borders in an international dispute - such problems of fair division are ubiquitous. Fair Division treats all these problems and many more through a rigorous analysis of a variety of procedures for allocating goods (or 'bads' like chores), or deciding who wins on what issues, when there are disputes.

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HASH(0x92755804) out of 5 stars A comprehensive resource, easily read 25 July 2000
By Vincent Natividad - Published on
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This was easily the book I referred to most in my Master's paper on fair division. It covers a lot of topics, including envy-free and equitable division, fair division by auctions, and fair division by elections. The authors devote a chapter to their favorite method, the so-called "combined procedure" that is equitable, envy-free, and Pareto-optimal for two players and would be invaluable to any divorce lawyer.
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9256aa14) out of 5 stars Something Worderful is Going to Happen 22 Aug. 2000
By Roger Gay - Published on
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Steven Brams and Alan Taylor accomplish something quite interesting and worth paying attention to. They move concepts traditionally treated in policy debate and law with simple hit-or-miss human judgment and discretion into concrete analyzable mathematical processes. In the more than ten years that I've worked on the mathematics of child support, I have not yet been so convincing that such a transformation from subjective into objective is possible. Let the games continue!
Roger F. Gay, Project Leader Project for the Improvement of Child Support Litigation Technology [...]
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HASH(0x92744258) out of 5 stars on time, nice book 12 April 2008
By Philip Gleason - Published on
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Voting systems are quirkier than we generally knew. Good insight into what works and what the problems are.
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