The Commodity Basis of Well‐Being

Partha Dasgupta

in An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

Published in print June 1995 | ISBN: 9780198288350
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596094 | DOI:
 The Commodity Basis of Well‐Being

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This chapter introduces the book. It discusses welfare and happiness versus and freedom and rights as two ways of looking at personhood; facts and values in the phenomenon of destitution; destitution as a resource allocation problem; the effects of ill health; the roles of institutions and agencies; and theory in relation to policy.

Keywords: agencies; destitution; ill health; institutions; political theory; resource allocation; rights; welfare; well‐being

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Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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