Ensuring multidimensional equality in public service

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2021-10-23
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Socio-Economic Planning Sciences
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0038-0121
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1873-6041
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Elsevier Ltd
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80
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101176- 1 - 101176- 19
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English
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Service planning problems typically involve decisions that lead to the distribution of multiple benefits to multiple users, and hence include equality and efficiency concerns in a multidimensional way. We develop two mathematical modeling-based approaches that incorporate these concerns in such problems. The first formulation aggregates the multidimensional efficiency and equality (equitability) concerns in a biobjective model. The second formulation defines an objective function for each benefit, which maximizes the total social welfare obtained from that specific benefit distribution; this results in an n-objective model, where n is the number of benefits. We illustrate and compare these approaches on an example public service provision problem.

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