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Work, Needs, and Inequality

Amartya Sen

in On Economic Inequality

Published in print December 1973 | ISBN: 9780198281931
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191715815 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198281935.003.0004
 Work, Needs, and Inequality

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Some of the broader issues concerning economic inequality are addressed. Inequality is sometimes viewed in relative terms, viz., as a departure from some notion of appropriate distribution, based on needs and desert Inequality can, therefore, be viewed not merely as a measure of dispersion, but also as a measure of the difference between the actual distribution of income, and the distribution (1) according to needs or (2) according to some concept of desert. These two approaches are discussed.

Keywords: desert; economic inequality; income distribution; inequality; measurement; needs

Chapter.  10847 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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