Economic Theory

, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 523–525

A one-shot proof of Arrow’s impossibility theorem

Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00199-012-0693-3

Cite this article as:
Yu, N.N. Econ Theory (2012) 50: 523. doi:10.1007/s00199-012-0693-3


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 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Economics DepartmentStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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