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Approaches towards Inequality and Inequity: Concepts, measures and policies


  • Frances Stewart


The paper discusses what a fair, or equitable, distribution is, drawing on some contributions of Western philosophers and economists. After reviewing different approaches, it argues that inequality among groups is particularly unjust. The paper argues for a plural perspective on the space in which inequality is assessed, following Sen’s capability approach. It is argued that the assessment should relate to functionings (or outcomes) rather than capabilities (or possibilities), especially for children whose choices are severely constrained.

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  • Frances Stewart, 2013. "Approaches towards Inequality and Inequity: Concepts, measures and policies," Papers indipa707, Innocenti Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucf:indipa:indipa707

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    Cited by:

    1. Bíró, Éva & Dezső, Dóra & Sándor, János & Ádány, Róza, 2018. "Inequalities in Hungarian adolescents' health, health behaviour and well-being, based upon the results of a cross-sectional survey at settlement level, using the Health Behaviour in School-aged Childr," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 90(C), pages 15-20.
    2. Paramjeet Chawla, 2019. "Horizontal Inequality in Urban India: A Human Development Perspective," Proceedings of the 15th International RAIS Conference, November 6-7, 2019 023PC, Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies.


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