Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen: Volume I: Ethics, Welfare, and…

Hardcover | January 4, 2009

EditorKaushik Basu, Ravi Kanbur

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Amartya Sen has made deep and lasting contributions to the academic disciplines of economics, philosophy, and the social sciences more broadly. He has engaged in policy dialogue and public debate, advancing the cause of a human development focused policy agenda, and a tolerant and democraticpolity. This argumentative Indian has made the case for the poorest of the poor, and for plurality in cultural perspective. It is not surprising that he has won the highest awards, ranging from the Nobel Prize in Economics to the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor. This public recognitionhas gone hand in hand with the affection and admiration that Amartya's friends and students hold for him. This volume of essays, written in honor of his 75th birthday by his students and peers, covers the range of contributions that Sen has made to knowledge. They are written by some of the world's leading economists, philosophers and social scientists, and address topics such as ethics, welfareeconomics, poverty, gender, human development, society and politics. This first volume covers the topics of Ethics, Normative Economics and Welfare; Agency, Aggregation and Social Choice; Poverty, Capabilities and Measurement; and Identity, Collective Action and Public Economics. It is a fittingtribute to Sen's own contributions to the discourse on Ethics, Welfare and Measurement.

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Amartya Sen has made deep and lasting contributions to the academic disciplines of economics, philosophy, and the social sciences more broadly. He has engaged in policy dialogue and public debate, advancing the cause of a human development focused policy agenda, and a tolerant and democraticpolity. This argumentative Indian has made th...

Kaushik Basu is Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies, Department of Economics, and Director, Center for Analytic Economics, Cornell University. He has held visiting positions at CORE (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), and the London School of Economics, wher...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:640 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.34 inPublished:January 4, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I Ethics, Normative Economics and Welfare1. John Broome: Why Economics Needs Ethical Theory2. S. R. Osmani: The Sen System of Social Evaluation3. Edmund S. Phelps: The Good Life and the Good Economy: The Humanist Perspective of Aristotle, the Pragmatists and Vitalists, and the Economic Justice of John Rawls4. Mozaffar Qizilbash: The Adaptation Problem, Evolution and Normative Economics5. T. M. Scanlon: Rights and Interests6. Arjun Sengupta: Elements of a Theory of the Right to DevelopmentPart II Agency, Aggregation and Social Choice7. Walter Bossert and Kotaro Suzumura: Rational Choice on General Domains8. Bhaskar Dutta: Some Remarks on the Ranking of Infinite Utility Streams9. Wulf Gaertner and Yongsheng Xu: Individual Choices in a Non-Consequentialist Framework: A Procedural Approach10. Satish K. Jain: The Method of Majority Decision and Rationality Conditions11. Isaac Levi: Convexity and Separability in Representing Consensus12. Prasanta K. Pattanaik: Rights, Individual Preferences, and Collective Rationality13. Kevin Roberts: Irrelevant Alternatives14. Maurice Salles: Limited Rights and Social Choice Rules15. Alain Trannoy and John A. Weymark: Dominance Criteria for Critical-Level Generalized UtilitarianismPart III Poverty, Capabilities and Measurement16. Paul Anand, Cristina Santos, and Ron Smith: The Measurement of Capabilities17. Sudhir Anand, Christopher Harris, and Oliver Linton: On UltraPoverty18. Francois Bourguignon and Satya R. Chakravarty: Multidimensional Poverty Orderings: Theory and Applications19. James E. Foster and Christopher Handy: External Capabilities20. Martin Ravallion: On the Welfarist Rationale for Relative Poverty Lines21. Ingrid Robeyns: Justice as Fairness and the Capability Approach22. Anthony Shorrocks and Guanghua Wan: Ungrouping Income Distributions: Synthesising Samples for Inequality and Poverty Analysis23. S. Subramanian: A Practical Proposal for Simplifying the Measurement of Income PovertyPart IV Identity, Collective Action and Public Economics24. Sabina Alkire: Concepts and Measures of Agency25. Kwame Anthony Appiah: Sen's Identities26. A. B. Atkinson: Welfare Economics and Giving for Development27. Rajat Deb, Indranil K. Ghosh, and Tae Kun Seo: Justice, Equity and Sharing the Cost of a Public Project28. Peter Hammond: Isolation, Assurance and Rules: Can Rational Folly Supplant Foolish Rationality?29. Joseph E. Stiglitz: Simple Formulae for Optimal Income Taxation and the Measurement of Inequality: An Essay in Honor of Amartya Sen