An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

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How should economic and social theory accommodate empirical facts about physical destitution, and how should governments respond to famines and hunger? This interdisciplinary book focuses on these and other questions about physical well-being. Partha Dasgupta begins his approach from the perspective of development economics. He then broadens his discussion to include philosophical work and empirical data on resource allocation, nutrition science, and anthropology. Comprehensive in its coverage of poverty, its ...
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How should economic and social theory accommodate empirical facts about physical destitution, and how should governments respond to famines and hunger? This interdisciplinary book focuses on these and other questions about physical well-being. Partha Dasgupta begins his approach from the perspective of development economics. He then broadens his discussion to include philosophical work and empirical data on resource allocation, nutrition science, and anthropology. Comprehensive in its coverage of poverty, its causes, and remedies, this seminal work is essential to scholars and professionals in moral and political philosophy, anthropology, nutrition science, economic theory, and welfare economics.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780198287568
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/16/1993
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 6.63 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.73 (d)

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Partha Dasgupta is Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St. John's College. He was also Professor of Economics, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Program in Ethics in Society at Stanford University from 1989-1992. He is Research Advisor to the United Nations University's World Institute for Development Economics Research, Chairman of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics, and Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Policy Reform.

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Table of Contents

1 The Commodity Basis of Well-Being 3
2 Political Morality and the State 22
3 The Objects of Social Contracts 50
4 Well-Being: From Theory to Measurement 75
5 The Realization of Well-Being 104
6 Resource Allocation Mechanisms 135
*6.[2nd] Public Goods and Common-Property Resources 159
7 Decentralization and Central Guidance 165
*7.[2nd] Real National Income as a Measure of General Well-Being 184
8 Uncertainty, Insurance, and Social Norms 189
9 Land, Labour, Savings, and Credit 221
*9.[2nd] Households and Credit Constraints 257
10 Poverty and the Environmental Resource Base 269
*10.[2nd] Net National Product in a Dynamic Economy 297
11 Food, Care, and Work: The Household as an Allocation Mechanism 305
*11.[2nd] Axiomatic Bargaining Theory 337
12 Fertility and Resources: The Household as a Reproductive Unit 343
*12.[2nd] Strategic Complementarities in Fertility Decisions 371
13 Population and Savings: Normative Considerations 377
*13.[2nd] Classical Utilitarianism in a Limited World 395
14 Food Needs and Work Capacity 401
15 Adaptation to Undernourishment 437
16 Inequality, Malnutrition, and the Disfranchised 473
*16.[2nd] Analysis of Allocation Mechanisms When Nutrition Affects Productivity 512
17 Incentives and Development Policies 525
References 546
Index of Names 627
Index of Subjects 640
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