Inequality, Malnutrition, and the Disfranchised

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:
 Inequality, Malnutrition, and the Disfranchised

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The main part of this chapter addresses different aspects of inequality, malnutrition, and the disfranchised. It has ten sections: (1) asset ownership, maintenance costs, and labour power; (2) the labour market and involuntary unemployment; (3) efficiency wages and piece‐rates; (4) competitive market allocations; (5) development regimes; (6) growth with redistribution; (7) robustness and extensions; (8) involuntary unemployment and surplus labour; (9) resistance to wage cuts; and (10) the appeal of nutrition‐based theories of the labour market. An extra and separate section (designated Chapter *16) gives theoretical presentations on various aspects of the analysis of allocation mechanisms when nutrition affects productivity. These include: the characteristics of equilibrium allocations in the timeless world; the rate of ’trickle‐down’ of aggregate wealth to the poorest of the poor; the coexistence of casual and permanent labour; and food distribution within poor households.

Keywords: asset ownership; disfranchisement; food distribution; inequality; involuntary unemployment; labour market; malnutrition; market competition; piece‐rates; poverty; surplus labour; wage cuts; wages

Chapter.  18084 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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