Sen’s proofs of the arrow and Gibbard theorems☆

Research paper by AshleyPiggins

Indexed on: 10 Nov '17Published on: 01 Oct '17Published in: Economics Letters


•Sen (2017) contains a new proof of Arrow’s impossibility theorem.•The proof assumes that the social preference relation is fully transitive.•Sen’s “Spread of Decisiveness” lemma can be used to prove Gibbard’s oligarchy theorem.•This lemma requires only quasi-transitivity.•Arrow’s theorem follows immediately once transitivity is strengthened.