Public Choice

, Volume 179, Issue 1–2, pp 125–131 | Cite as

Kenneth Arrow’s impossibility theorem stretching to other fields

  • Wulf GaertnerEmail author


Arrow’s impossibility result not only had a profound influence on welfare economics, but was, as this paper shows, also widely discussed in philosophy of science and in the engineering design literature.


Arrow’s impossibility theorem Social choice Philosophy of science Engineering design 



I am very grateful to an anonymous referee and the editor of this journal for several perceptive comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of OsnabrueckOsnabrueckGermany
  2. 2.CPNSSLondon School of EconomicsLondonUK

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