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Minimal relativism, dominance, and standard of living comparisons based on functionings


  • Prasanta K. Pattanaik
  • Yongsheng Xu


This paper considers the functioning approach to the standard of living. It shows that, in evaluating standards of living, one is faced with deep-rooted tensions between the principle of weak dominance and the principle of minimal relativism, which requires some minimal respect for differences between the evaluations of different individuals and/or the differences between the norms of different communities. Copyright 2007 , Oxford University Press.

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  • Prasanta K. Pattanaik & Yongsheng Xu, 2007. "Minimal relativism, dominance, and standard of living comparisons based on functionings," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 59(2), pages 354-374, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:59:y:2007:i:2:p:354-374

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