Research Article

Economic Theory

, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 523-525

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A one-shot proof of Arrow’s impossibility theorem

  • Ning Neil YuAffiliated withEconomics Department, Stanford University Email author 

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We offer a new proof of the well-known Arrow’s impossibility theorem. The proof is simple, very short and it follows from the assumptions in a transparent way.


Arrow’s impossibility theorem Social welfare function Dictatorship (i, j)-pivotal voter

JEL Classification

D7 D70 D71