An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

Paperback | June 1, 1995

byPartha Dasgupta

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An interdisciplinary book by one of the most respected scholars in what is broadly development economics but encompasses the most recent insights from philosophical research and empirical work on resource allocation, nutrition science, and anthropology. It has been widely recognized as aseminal work presenting a wide-ranging description of the causes and remedies of poverty and undernourishment, and addressing the current debate over methods of estimating their incidence.

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This volume is a seminal work dealing comprehensively with the problem of poverty. It is an analytical and an empirical inquiry into human well-being and the phenomenon of destitution. Professor Dasgupta's aim here is to offer a description of destitution as it occurs among rural populations of the poor countries of Asia, Africa, and L...

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An interdisciplinary book by one of the most respected scholars in what is broadly development economics but encompasses the most recent insights from philosophical research and empirical work on resource allocation, nutrition science, and anthropology. It has been widely recognized as aseminal work presenting a wide-ranging descriptio...

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This volume is a seminal work dealing comprehensively with the problem of poverty. It is an analytical and an empirical inquiry into human well-being and the phenomenon of destitution. Professor Dasgupta's aim here is to offer a description of destitution as it occurs among rural populations of the poor countries of Asia, Africa, and L...

Partha Dasgupta is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, Fellow of the British Academy, Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. His previous books include; Economic Analysis of Markets and Games; Issues in Contemporary Economics, vol. 3; Economic...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:680 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.42 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198288352

ISBN - 13:9780198288350

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Table of Contents

Part I Well-Being: Theory and RealisationThe Commodity basis of well-beingPart II Allocation of Resources Among Households: The Standard TheoryResource allocation mechanismsPart III The Household and its Setting: Extensions of Standard TheoryLand, labour, savings and credit; Households and credit restraints (Appendix)Part IV Undernourishment and destitutionFood needs and work capacityReferencesAuthor and Subject Indexes

From Our Editors

This volume is a seminal work dealing comprehensively with the problem of poverty. It is an analytical and an empirical inquiry into human well-being and the phenomenon of destitution. Professor Dasgupta's aim here is to offer a description of destitution as it occurs among rural populations of the poor countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America; to give an account of the forces at work which perpetuate destitution; and to offer prescriptions for both the public and private spheres of life.

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`a detailed review of the literature on nutrition, which is extended to nutrition-based labour market analysis'Mind