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Title:Sen meets Schumpeter: Introducing structural and dynamic elements into the human capability approach PDF Logo
Authors:Hartmann, Dominik
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:FZID Discussion Papers 48-2012
Abstract:This paper argues for the necessity and potential of introducing Schumpeter's understanding of economic development as structural change into Amartya Sen's people-oriented development as freedom approach. Sen and other authors on social choice, human development and inequality have effectively promoted - through the United Nations Development Programme - that the expansion of human agency, well-being and capabilities are the means and ends of development (Sen, 1999). However, this approach has lead to a neglect of structural and technological aspects of economic systems such as social network dynamics, technological progress and the structural changes in the variety and balance of economic activities. Innovation driven socioeconomic change has decisive influences on the capabilities of the actors to be active agents in the development processes. For instance, the variety of economic sectors in a country and the access to information and finance networks determine occupational choices and learning opportunities. Economic diversification and social network dynamics follow evolutionary paths that can contribute to human development, but also intrinsically drive success-breeds-success mechanisms and inequality reproduction. Therefore, an agent oriented evolutionary theory of inequality and qualitative change has to take these structural features of economic development into account.
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:bsz:100-opus-7241
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:FZID Discussion Papers, Universität Hohenheim

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