Working Papers, Center for Mathematical Economics 488
Cerreia-Vioglio, Ghirardato, Maccheroni, Marinacci and Siniscalchi (Economic Theory, 48:341-375, 2011) have recently proposed a very general axiomatisation of preferences in the presence of ambiguity, viz. Monotonic Bernoullian Archimedean (MBA) preference orderings. This paper investigates the problem of Arrovian aggregation of such preferences - and proves dictatorial impossibility results for both finite and infinite populations. Applications for the special case of aggregating expected-utility preferences are given. A novel proof methodology for special aggregation problems, based on model theory (in the sense of mathematical logic), is employed.
ambiguity Knightian uncertainty expected utility Monotonic Bernoullian Archimedean (MBA) preferences Arrovian social choice Arrow's theorem impossibility result ultrafilter ultraproduct