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The Economic Contributions of Amartya Sen

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  • Steven Pressman
  • Gale Summerfield
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    This paper examines the major economic contributions of Amartya Sen. Sen's contributions fall into three main areas: a philosophical critique of traditional economic assumptions, an attempt to build a more realistic economic science based on the notion of entitlements and human capabilities, and a long series of practical contributions to welfare economics that follow from the capabilities approach - how to measure poverty and inequality better, how to understand famine and hunger, the importance of gender in economic development, and the differences between economic development and economic growth. The paper concludes with a brief assessment of the significance of Sen's work.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Review of Political Economy.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 89-113

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