Characterization of the Private Alternatives Domains Admitting Arrow Social Welfare Functions, Journal of Economic Theory
An n-person social choice problem is considered in which the alternatives are n dimensional vectors with the ith component of such a vector being the part of the alternative effecting individual i alone. Assuming that individuals are selfish (i is indifferent between any two alternatives that have the same ith component) we characterize all the families of permissible individual preferences that admit nondictatorial Arrow-type social welfare functions. We also show that the existence of such a function for a given family of preferences is independent of n provided that is greater than one.
Ehud Kalai, Zvi Ritz
Kalai, Ehud, and Zvi Ritz. 1980. Characterization of the Private Alternatives Domains Admitting Arrow Social Welfare Functions. Journal of Economic Theory. 22(1): 23-36.