By Wulf Gaertner
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4. 4. A third diagrammatic proof The third proof provides a diagrammatic representation of Arrow’s theorem and was introduced by Blackorby, Donaldson and Weymark (1984). In order to keep the diagrams two-dimensional, the proof was given for only two individuals (though the authors brieﬂy indicate how their proof can be extended to more than two persons). The reader certainly remembers our remark at the end of the ﬁrst (original) proof that two individuals would sufﬁce to show the Arrovian impossibility.
Consider the points a and b in II and let us assume that aP ∗ u. ¯ We will now argue that we then obtain bP ∗ u¯ as well. Why? Remember that each of the two persons is totally free to map his or her utility scale into another one by a strictly increasing transformation. It is easy to ﬁnd a transformation (there are inﬁnitely many) that maps a1 into b1 and u¯ 1 into u¯ 1 . Similarly, one can ﬁnd another transformation that maps a2 into b2 and u¯ 2 into itself. 6(a) and (b) depict two such transformations.
The second thing would be to introduce a strong version of the Pareto principle. e. determines the social preference. In other words, we obtain a serial or lexicographic dictatorship. Finally, the reader should note how important and far-reaching the assumption of informational invariance with respect to strictly monotone transformations of the individuals’ utility scales has been in the proof above. 5. A short summary When Arrow had published his by now famous impossibility theorem, it came as a surprise to various welfare economists.
A Primer in Social Choice Theory (LSE Perspectives in Economic Analysis) by Wulf Gaertner