ramses abul naga imera research fellow

Ramses Abul Naga

Disciplines: EconomyFinance
Title and home institution: Reader in Economics at the University of Aberdeen
Category of Fellowship: Annual research fellowship
Chair: A world in crisis – AMSE / Iméra Chair
Residency length: January 2019 – July 2019

Research project

Income Redistribution with Indivisible Allocations

Project description

Ramses Abul Naga’s research at Iméra, the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University, serves as a thoughtful exploration at the intersection of economic theory and mathematical analysis. By unraveling the intricacies of income redistribution with indivisible allocations, Abul Naga’s work contributes to both theoretical foundations and practical implications.

Conditions for Fair Wealth Distribution and Progressive Transfers

Abul Naga’s research begins by examining the conditions under which distributions of a wealth endowment—represented by the wage bill w—over a group of n individuals can exist with restricted shares. This inquiry delves into the nuances of wealth distribution in a discrete setting, where indivisibilities play a key role. The study then shifts focus to understanding the form that progressive transfers between individuals may take, aiming to uncover patterns within the context of indivisible allocations. This research promises insights into designing redistributive policies that account for the discrete nature of the allocation problem.

Exploring Limits in the Face of Indivisibilities

As Abul Naga delves into income redistribution with indivisible allocations, the project asks about the limits to redistribution in the presence of indivisibilities. Indivisibilities add complexity, shaping the boundaries within which wealth and income can be redistributed equitably. The research aims to delineate these boundaries, exploring the trade-offs between fairness and practicality in the real world. Additionally, the project delves into the algorithmic aspects of computing egalitarian distributions, striving to develop efficient algorithms that consider the discrete and indivisible nature of the allocation problem. By doing so, Abul Naga’s work aims to bridge theoretical models with practical applications, providing insights for policymakers and economists.


Ramses H. Abul Naga is a Reader in Economics at the University of Aberdeen, and formerly Senior Lecturer at the University of Bath, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Lausanne. He has also worked as a consultant on projects for the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Division for Africa and various national statistical bureaus. Dr Abul Naga’s research interests include public economics and the measurement of social welfare and inequality, both at the theoretical level as well as their use to inform public policy in developing countries. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals including the Journal of Health Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, Economics Letters and Economic Theory.

Appels à candidature

Les résidences de recherche que propose l’Iméra, Institut d’études avancées (IEA) d’Aix-Marseille Université, s’adressent aux chercheurs confirmés – académiques, scientifiques et/ou artistes. Ces résidences de recherche sont distribuées sur quatre programmes (« Arts & sciences : savoirs indisciplinés », « Explorations interdisciplinaires », « Méditerranée » et « Utopies nécessaires »).