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Ranking opportunity sets in the space of functionings


  • Francesco Farina


  • Eugenio Peluso
  • Ernesto Savaglio


We develop a ranking of compact, convex and comprehensive opportunity sets defined in the evaluative space of individual functionings. We suppose the existence of a target, that is a multi-dimensional bliss point in terms of functionings. This leads us to define concepts such as essentiality and freedomin a novel way. As a main result, we give an axiomatic characterization of the ranking obtained by minimizing the Euclidean distance between each opportunity set and the target. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

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  • Francesco Farina & Eugenio Peluso & Ernesto Savaglio, 2004. "Ranking opportunity sets in the space of functionings," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 2(2), pages 105-116, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jecinq:v:2:y:2004:i:2:p:105-116
    DOI: 10.1007/s10888-004-4385-5

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    Cited by:

    1. Jun Matsuyama & Kenji Mori, 2011. "Freedom And Achievement Of Well‐Being And Adaptive Dynamics Of Capabilities," Metroeconomica, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 62(3), pages 494-511, July.
    2. William Horrace & Joseph Marchand & Timothy Smeeding, 2008. "Ranking inequality: Applications of multivariate subset selection," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 6(1), pages 5-32, March.


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