The Standard of Living / Edition 1

The Standard of Living / Edition 1

by Amartya Sen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521368405

ISBN-13: 9780521368407

Pub. Date: 01/28/1989

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Amartya Sen argues that "the standard of living" has been poorly understood and narrowly defined; it is not just a function of opulence, and cannot be seen as utility. It is, he suggests, the "capabilities" offered in states of affairs. In his comments, Bernard Williams considers the conceptual connections among Sen's capabilities, economic welfare, and the broader…  See more details below

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Amartya Sen argues that "the standard of living" has been poorly understood and narrowly defined; it is not just a function of opulence, and cannot be seen as utility. It is, he suggests, the "capabilities" offered in states of affairs. In his comments, Bernard Williams considers the conceptual connections among Sen's capabilities, economic welfare, and the broader notion of "well-being", and asks whether the notion raises questions of justice. Ravi Kanbur considers the implications of the uncertainty in the choice that might be thought to be one desirable capability. John Muellbauer offers a specification of choice, and discusses the importance, for assessing capabilities, of the relation between preferences and constraints and between preferences themselves. Keith Hart explores the issue for those societies in which economic life is not fully "commoditized" and in which, therefore, it does not always make sense to reduce things to a price. Sen concludes with replies to these comments.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521368407
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1989
Series:
Tanner Lectures in Human Values Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
140
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Geoffrey Hawthorne; 1. The standard of living: lecture I, concepts and critiques Amartya Sen; 2. The standard of living: lecture II, lives and capabilities Amartya Sen; 3. Professor Sen on the standard of living John Muellbauer; 4. The standard of living: uncertainty, inequality and opportunity Ravi Kanbur; 5. Commoditisation and the standard of living Keith Hart; 6. The standard of living: interests and capabilities Bernard Williams; 7. Reply Amartya Sen; Bibliography; Index.

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