An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

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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 a seminal 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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 680 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 36mm | 969g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • line figures, maps, tables
  • 0198288352
  • 9780198288350
  • 1,890,419

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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 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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Table of contents

PART I WELL-BEING: THEORY AND REALISATION ; PART II ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES AMONG HOUSEHOLDS: THE STANDARD THEORY ; PART III THE HOUSEHOLD AND ITS SETTING: EXTENSIONS OF STANDARD THEORY ; PART IV UNDERNOURISHMENT AND DESTITUTION ; REFERENCES ; AUTHOR AND SUBJECT INDEXES
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a rich unusual and wide ranging work...When one reads the whole book, one is forced to jettison incorrect impressions of simplemindedness. Without doubt, this is mandatory reading for every social scientist anywhere in the world." Indian Express Although he is himself a theoretical economist, his models start in political philosophy, and go beyond what most economists think of as economics into the real conditions of life in the South. An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution is in many ways as impressive as Hume, Smith and Marx themselves... No one, however, has gone so far beyond the generalities and brought so much of the many bits of available information together. No one, certainly, has thought it
through so hard." London Review of Books Dasgupta has produced a tour de force, a book which is a model of good economics. He has addressed a set of questions which are of central importance, questions for which we really do care what the answers are. To answer these questions he has marshalled an array of evidence, empirical studies drawn from a wide range of sources. And he has brought some simple, but deep, theories and ideas to bear on these questions. The book will be a must for every development
economist, but its reach should go well beyond that: every economist should be concerned with the questions it raises, and as a model of how good economics should be done, it should be required reading for every graduate student. * Joseph Stiglitz *
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About Partha Dasgupta

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 Organizations as Games (with K.G. Binmore) and The Control of Resources
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