Best fit social choices: An alternative to arrow

Craven, John (1996) Best fit social choices: An alternative to arrow. Economic Journal, 106 (438). pp. 1161-1174. ISSN 0013-0133. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This paper explores an approach to social choice which is an alternative to Arrow's social welfare function. We consider 'best fit' social rankings for any individual preferences through the definition of levels of agreement between preferences and rankings. We thereby avoid the pairwise approach of Arrow's independence and Pareto conditions, and we demonstrate the possibility of non-dictatorial social choice. Mie consider the rationality implications of a non-unique outcome, and determine additional properties, including majority-consistency, of the Condorcet process for determining the rankings. The approach also allows an interpretation of Sen's 'impossibility of a Paretian liberal' in terms of individual agreement.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: M.A. Ziai
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2009 12:17
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2014 11:54
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