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Independence of irrelevant alternatives revisited

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This paper aims to reexamine the axiom of the independence of irrelevant alternatives in the theory of social choice. A generalized notion of independence is introduced to clarify an informational requirement of binary independence which is usually imposed in the Arrovian framework. We characterize the implication of binary independence. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

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  • Susumu Cato, 2014. "Independence of irrelevant alternatives revisited," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 76(4), pages 511-527, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:theord:v:76:y:2014:i:4:p:511-527
    DOI: 10.1007/s11238-013-9384-1
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    Arrow’s impossibility theorem; Independence of irrelevant alternatives; Binary independence; Collective choice rule; D71;
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    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations

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