First Edition of The Arrow Impossibility Theorem; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Economists Kenneth Arrow, Eric Maskin, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz

  • The Arrow Impossibility Theorem (Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture Series).

The Arrow Impossibility Theorem (Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture Series).

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Item Number: 32087

New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.

First edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Kenneth Arrow, Eric Maskin, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz on the front free endpaper. Rare and desirable signed by these four Nobel Prize-winning economists.

Kenneth J. Arrow's pathbreaking "impossibility theorem" was a watershed innovation in the history of welfare economics, voting theory, and collective choice, demonstrating that there is no voting rule that satisfies the four desirable axioms of decisiveness, consensus, nondictatorship, and independence. Nobel Prize-winning economists Eric Maskin and Amartya Sen explore the implications of Arrow's theorem. Sen considers its ongoing utility, exploring the theorem's value and limitations in relation to recent research on social reasoning, and Maskin discusses how to design a voting rule that gets us closer to the ideal―given the impossibility of achieving the ideal. The volume also contains a contextual introduction by social choice scholar Prasanta K. Pattanaik and commentaries from Joseph E. Stiglitz and Kenneth J. Arrow himself, as well as essays by Maskin, Dasgupta, and Sen outlining the mathematical proof and framework behind their assertions.

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