The Standard of Living : Tanner Lectures, Clare Hall, Cambridge 1985

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The Standard of Living : Tanner Lectures, Clare Hall, Cambridge 1985

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Amartya Sen reconsiders the idea of 'the standard of living'. He rejects the more conventional economic interpretations in terms of 'unity' and of wealth or 'opulence', and suggests an interpretation in terms of the 'capabilities and freedoms' that states of affairs do or do not allow. His argument is conceptual, but it refers to a wide range of examples. In elaborations of it, John Muellbauer explains how parts of it might be applied; Ravi Kanbur discusses the difficulties raised by choice ex ante, under uncertainty, and choice ex post; Keith Hart discusses the ways in which one might think about living standards in societies in which there is a substantial amount of what he calls 'self provisioning' outside the market; and Bernard Williams reflects on some of the moral and political implications of Sen's argument. There is a bibliography of most of the more important works on the subject. The book will be of interest to economists, sociologists, students of development and moral and political philosophers; it will also be of interest to those concerned with public policy.

Table of Contents

        List of contributors                       vi
Introduction vii
Geoffrey Hawthorn
The Standard of Living: Lecture I, Concepts 1 (19)
and Critiques
Amartya Sen
The Standard of Living: Lecture II, Lives and 20 (19)
Capabilities
Amartya Sen
Professor Sen on the Standard of Living 39 (20)
John Muellbauer
The Standard of Living: Uncertainty, 59 (11)
Inequality and Opportunity
Ravi Kanbur
Commoditisation and the Standard of Living 70 (24)
Keith Hart
The Standard of Living: Interests and 94 (9)
Capabilities
Bernard Williams
Reply 103(10)
Amartya Sen
Bibliography 113(10)
Index 123