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

Paperback | April 12, 2008

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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.Contributors include: Bina Agarwal, Isher Ahluwalia, Montek S Ahluwalia, Ingela Alger, Sabina Alkire, Paul Anand, Sudhir Anand, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Muhammad Asali, Department of Economics, A. B. Atkinson, Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Pranab Bardhan, Lourdes Beneria, Francois Bourguignon, Sugata Bose,Walter Bossert, John Broome, Satya R. Chakravarty, Lincoln C. Chen, Martha Alter Chen, Kanchan Chopra, Rajat Deb, Simon Dietz, Bhaskar Dutta, James E. Foster, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Wulf Gaertner, Indranil K. Ghosh, Jonathan Glover, Peter Hammond, Christopher Handy, Christopher Harris, Cameron Hepburn,Jane Humphries, Rizwanul Islam, Satish K. Jain, Ayesha Jalal, Mary Kaldor, Sunil Khilnani, Stephan Klasen, Jocelyn Kynch, Isaac Levi, Oliver Linton, Enrica Chiappero Martinetti, Kirsty McNay, Martha C. Nussbaum, Siddiqur R. Osmani, Elinor Ostrom, Prasanta K. Pattanaik, Edmund S. Phelps, MozaffarQizilbash, Gustav Ranis, Martin Ravallion, Sanjay G. Reddy, Kevin Roberts, Ingrid Robeyns, Maurice Salles, Emma Samman, Cristina Santos, Thomas. M. Scanlon, Arjun Sengupta, Tae Kun Seo, Anthony Shorrocks, Ronald Smith, Rehman Sobhan, Robert M. Solow, Nicholas Stern, Frances Stewart, Joseph E.Stiglitz, S. Subramanian, Kotaro Suzumura, Alain Trannoy, Ashutosh Varshney, Sujata Visaria, Guanghua Wan, Jorgen W. Weibull, John A. Weymark, and Yongsheng Xu.

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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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Volume I: Ethics, Welfare and MeasurementEthics, 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. Mozzafar Qizilbash: The Adaptation Problem, Evolution and Normative Economics5. T. M. Scanlon: Rights and Interests6. Arjun Sengupta: Elements of a Theory of the Right to DevelopmentAgency, 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 UtilitarianismPoverty, 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 PovertyIdentity, 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 SenVolume II: Society, Institutions and DevelopmentHuman Development and Capabilities1. Muhammad Asali, Sanjay G. Reddy, and Sujata Visaria: Inter-Country Comparisons of Income Poverty Based on a Capability Approach2. Amiya Kumar Bagchi: The Capability Approach and Political Economy of Human Development3. Lincoln C. Chen: India-China: "The Art of Prolonging Life"4. Kanchan Chopra: Sustainable Human Well-being: An Interpretation of Capability Enhancement from a 'Stakeholders and Systems' Perspective5. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr: Human Rights and Human Development6. Jocelyn Kynch: Entitlements and Capabilities: Young People in Post-industrial Wales7. Gustav Ranis, Emma Samman, and Frances Stewart: Country Patterns of Behavior on Broader Dimensions of Human Development8. Ashutosh Varshney: Poverty and Famines: An ExtensionGender and Household9. Bina Agarwal: Engaging with Sen on Gender Relations: Cooperative Conflicts, False Perceptions and Relative Capabilities10. Ingela Alger and Jorgen W. Weibull: Family Ties, Incentives and Development: A Model of Coerced Altruism11. Lourdes Beneria: From "Harmony" to "Cooperative Conflicts" Amartya Sen's Contribution to Household Theory12. Martha Alter Chen: Famine, Widowhood, and Paid Work: Seeking Gender Justice in South Asia13. Enrica Chiappero Martinetti: Time and Income: Empirical Evidence on Gender Poverty and Inequalities from a Capability Perspective14. Jane Humphries and Kirsty McNay: Death and Gender in Victorian England15. Stephan Klasen: Missing Women: Some Recent Controversies on Levels and Trends in Gender Bias in MortalityGrowth, Poverty and Policy16. Isher Ahluwalia: Challenges of Economic Development in Punjab17. Montek Ahluwalia: Growth, Distribution and Inclusiveness: Reflections on India's Experience18. Pranab Bardhan: Economic Reforms, Poverty and Inequality in China and India19. Simon Dietz, Cameron Hepburn, and Nicholas Stern: Economics, Ethics and Climate Change20. Rizwanul Islam: Has Development and Employment through Labour Intensive Industrialization Become History?21. Robert M. Solow: Imposed Environmental Standards and International TradeSociety, Politics and History22. Sugata Bose: Pondering Poverty, Fighting Famines: Towards a New History of Economic Ideas23. Jonathan Glover: Identity, Violence and the Power of Illusion24. Ayesha Jalal: Freedom and Equality: From Iqbal's Philosophy to Sen's Ethical Concerns25. Mary Kaldor: Protective Security or Protection Rackets? War and Sovereignty26. Sunil Khilnani: Democracy and its Indian Past27. Martha C. Nussbaum: The Clash Within: Democracy and the Hindu Right28. Elinor Ostrom: Engaging Impossibilities and Possibilities29. Rehman Sobhan: Agents into Principals: Democratizing Development in South Asia