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The Standard of Living

The Standard of Living

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Part of Tanner Lectures in Human Values

Geoffrey Hawthorne, Amartya Sen, John Muellbauer, Ravi Kanbur, Keith Hart, Bernard Williams
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  • Date Published: January 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521368407

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  • Amartya Sen argues that "the standard of living" has been poorly understood and narrowly defined; it is not just a function of opulence, and cannot be seen as utility. It is, he suggests, the "capabilities" offered in states of affairs. In his comments, Bernard Williams considers the conceptual connections among Sen's capabilities, economic welfare, and the broader notion of "well-being", and asks whether the notion raises questions of justice. Ravi Kanbur considers the implications of the uncertainty in the choice that might be thought to be one desirable capability. John Muellbauer offers a specification of choice, and discusses the importance, for assessing capabilities, of the relation between preferences and constraints and between preferences themselves. Keith Hart explores the issue for those societies in which economic life is not fully "commoditized" and in which, therefore, it does not always make sense to reduce things to a price. Sen concludes with replies to these comments.

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    • Date Published: January 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521368407
    • length: 140 pages
    • dimensions: 214 x 140 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.205kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Geoffrey Hawthorne
    1. The standard of living: lecture I, concepts and critiques Amartya Sen
    2. The standard of living: lecture II, lives and capabilities Amartya Sen
    3. Professor Sen on the standard of living John Muellbauer
    4. The standard of living: uncertainty, inequality and opportunity Ravi Kanbur
    5. Commoditisation and the standard of living Keith Hart
    6. The standard of living: interests and capabilities Bernard Williams
    7. Reply Amartya Sen

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    Amartya Sen


    Geoffrey Hawthorn


    Geoffrey Hawthorne, Amartya Sen, John Muellbauer, Ravi Kanbur, Keith Hart, Bernard Williams

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