Christopher Bliss: Life‐Style and the Standard of Living

Amartya Sen

in The Quality of Life

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198287971
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596704 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

  Christopher Bliss: Life‐Style and the Standard of Living

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Sen agrees with Bliss's conclusion regarding the impossibility of making comparisons where changes in life‐styles and preferences are involved, but raises problems with Bliss's methodology and accuses Bliss of methodological conservatism. Sen takes the issue specifically with Bliss's constant‐taste methodology as it can provide wrong answers in comparing living standards. Sen concludes that changing tastes over commodity bundles and altering life‐styles would not prevent a reasoned judgment against the enforced deprivation of living standards.

Keywords: capabilities; commodities; constant‐taste methodology; general equilibrium model; judgment; standard of living; valuation

Chapter.  3954 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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