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Sen’s Capability Approach to Welfare Economics

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  • Kuklys, W.
  • Robeyns, I.
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    We describe Amartya Sen's Capability Approach to welfare evaluation in the language of standard welfare economics, and assess to what extent it provides a genuine alternative for individual welfare measurement and policy evaluation. We review the nascent empirical literature on the capability approach and assess whether it makes a genuine difference with standard welfare evaluation.

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    Paper provided by Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge in its series Cambridge Working Papers in Economics with number 0415.

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    Date of creation: Feb 2004
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    Keywords: capability approach; welfare economics; welfare measurement; welfarism;

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