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Kenneth Arrow

Kenneth Arrow (born 1921) is an American economist. He won The Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 1972, which he shared with John Hicks.

His most significant works are his contributions to social choice theory[?], notably "Arrow's impossibility theorem", and his work on general equilibrium analysis.

The impossiblity theorem

Arrow's impossibility theorem was set out in his PhD thesis, Social choice and individual values. It shows the impossibility of designing rules for social decision making that obey all of a number of 'reasonable' criteria. It is often known as Arrow's paradox.

General equilibrium theory

Working with Gerard Debreu[?] (who won the Nobel prize for this work in 1983), Arrow produced the first rigorous proof of the existence of a market clearing equilibrium, given certain restrictive assumptions. See general equilibrium.

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