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An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

Partha Dasgupta

Published in print June 1995 | ISBN: 9780198288350
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596094 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198288352.001.0001

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

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This book deals comprehensively with the problem of poverty and undernourishment, and addresses the debate over methods of estimating their incidence. It is an analytical and empirical inquiry into human well‐being and the phenomenon of destitution as it occurs among rural populations of the poor countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. A central concern has been to reconcile theoretical considerations with empirical work in several disciplines—anthropology, demography, ecology, economics, epidemiology, geography, moral and political philosophy, and the environmental, nutrition, and political sciences. The discussion aims to provide a political philosophy for human well‐being that can guide public policy in poor countries. Thus, the role of the state, communities, households, and individuals is studied in detail. The book is arranged in four parts: I, Well‐being: theory and realization; II, Allocation of resources among households: the standard theory; III, The household and its setting: extensions of the standard theory; and IV, Undernourishment and destitution. It is suitable for general readers interested in applied political and moral philosophy, for social scientists (especially academics in the fields of development and welfare economics, general economic theory, and anthropology), and for nutrition scientists, policy makers, commentators, and research staff.

Keywords: Africa; Asia; destitution; development economics; households; Latin America; political philosophy; poverty; resource allocation; rural sociology; undernourishment; welfare economics; well‐being

Book.  680 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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The Commodity Basis of Well‐Being in An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

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Political Morality and the State in An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

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The Objects of Social Contracts in An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

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Well‐Being: From Theory to Measurement in An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

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The Realization of Well‐Being in An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

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Resource Allocation Mechanisms in An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

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Public Goods and Common‐Property Resources <sup>1</sup> in An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

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Decentralization and Central Guidance in An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

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Real National Income as a Measure of General Well‐Being in An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

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Uncertainty, Insurance, and Social Norms in An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

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