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      • 1 Welfare economics and social choice
      • 2 Variations and extensions of Arrow's impossibility result
      • 3 Domain restrictions
      • 4 Manipulability and implementation
      • 5 Information: utility, compensations and fairness
      • 6 Social welfare functionals and interpersonal comparisons
      • 7 Liberty and rights
      • 8 Independence and neutrality
      • 9 Concluding remarks
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social choice

Amartya Sen
From The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, 2008
Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume
Alternate versions available: 1987 Edition
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This article is a critical survey of the literature of social choice theory, first formalized by Kenneth Arrow in 1951. Social choice theory deals with the aggregation of some measure of individual welfare into a collective measure. It takes different forms according both to what is being aggregated (interests, judgements, and so on) and to the purpose of the aggregation. The methodology of social choice has greatly clarified a range of hitherto obscure problems.
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Sen, Amartya. "social choice." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 24 November 2014 <http://www.dictionaryofeconomics.com/article?id=pde2008_S000164> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.1550

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