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Amartya Sen: Capability and Well‐Being

Wulf Gaertner

in The Quality of Life

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198287971
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596704 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198287976.003.0005

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

  Amartya Sen: Capability and Well‐Being

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Gaertner explores the aspect of measurability within Sen's capability approach, remarking that it is extremely difficult to determine weighing schemes for set evaluation and a set of basic functionings that captures definitions of what is basic in different cultural contexts. Furthermore, the interdependencies of freedoms and the variance in capability sets over time add to the degree of complexity in the evaluative exercise.

Keywords: capability; capability sets; evaluation; freedom; functionings; weighing schemes

Chapter.  2463 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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