Dichotomous preferences and the possibility of Arrovian social choice

Toyotaka Sakai, Masaki Shimoji

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Consider an individual whose judgments are always based on a fundamental criterion such as a political ideology or a religious doctrine. In a choice situation, he always prefers any alternative that is compatible with the criterion to any that is not. When individuals are allowed to have preference spaces restricted in this manner, we investigate Arrow-consistent domains. We observe that a diversity of attitudes is essential in order to escape an Arrovian impossibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-445
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Choice and Welfare
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jun
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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