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Title:Poverty measurement and theories of beneficence PDF Logo
Authors:Subramanian, S.
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2005/62
Abstract:This note points to certain similarities of orientation and outcome between Derek Parfit’s quest for a theory of beneficence and Amartya Sen’s quest for a suitable realvalued representation of poverty. It suggests that both projects, in a certain sense, have been instructive failures. Using Sen’s own work, the note also suggests a logically natural way of dealing with some of the problems in poverty measurement reviewed in it—but only to reject this way out on other compelling grounds. – quantity ; quality ; inequality ; identification ; aggregation
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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