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The selection of functionings and capabilities : A survey of empirical studies


  • Paola Ballon


This note aims to identify the criteria followed by empirical studies in the selection of relevant functionings and/or capabilities, and the indicators used for their measurement. We survey twenty quantitative empirical applications of the CA in welfare economics. Our survey shows that the criteria used by these studies fall within the range of: a) normative views b) quantitative methods, and c) surveys. These three categories overlap and are restricted by data availability.

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  • Paola Ballon, 2013. "The selection of functionings and capabilities : A survey of empirical studies," Working Papers PMMA 2013-09, PEP-PMMA.
  • Handle: RePEc:lvl:pmmacr:2013-09

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    1. Leon, Dorian, 2017. "Differential Approach and Capabilities: An Analysis for the Colombia's Population Displaced," MPRA Paper 82085, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Capability approach; Welfare economics; Functionings/Capabilities; Indicators;

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    • C3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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