Amartya Sen's Capability Approach: Theoretical Insights and by Wiebke Kuklys

By Wiebke Kuklys

Kuklys examines how Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen’s method of welfare size might be installed perform for poverty and inequality size in prosperous societies comparable to the united kingdom. Sen argues that an individual’s welfare shouldn't be measured when it comes to her source of revenue, yet in phrases what she will be able to really do or be, her functions. In Chapters 1 and a couple of, Kuklys describes the aptitude method from a regular welfare financial viewpoint and offers a complete literature evaluate of the empirical purposes during this region of study. within the last chapters, novel econometric options are hired to operationalise the recommendations of functionings and strength to enquire inequality and poverty by way of power within the united kingdom. Kuklys unearths that potential dimension is often an invaluable supplement to standard financial research, and especially so when it comes to capability-deprived disabled individuals.

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The remainder of the chapter is structured as follows. 2 briefly recalls how Sen's approach is used for welfare analysis in the functionings space. 3 reviews measurement and aggregation techniques typically used in functionings measurement, while Sect. 4 suggests a structural equation model of functionings achievement as an alternative. 5 justifies the variables and the model used in our application on the functionings being well-sheltered and being healthy. The results are presented in Sect. 6, Sect.

E. the budget constraint. This is conveniently expressed in currency units, which can be compared among individuals and used in poverty and inequality analysis. In contrast, functionings measurement and aggregation are more difficult, because there is no established measurement scale for functionings, nor do there exist relative valuations between functionings which could be used for aggregation that are generally accepted. At this stage, there is little consensus how to address the problem of functionings measurement.

In Sect. 2 we review how these problems are solved, and in Sect. 3 we explain how functionings achievement is modelled in the capability literature. 1 Issues in Functionings Measurement The measurement of functionings bi entails several problems. These are related to the absence of an established measurement unit for each functioning, a missing natural aggregator to summarise different functionings in a composite standard of living measure, and measurement error problems. Before reviewing the different techniques used to overcome these problems, we will explain in detail the nature of the difficulties.

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