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The Redefinition of Poverty

2:00pm, Sunday 21 February 2010, Please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you would like to attend.

Daniel Ben-Ami introduced a discussion on The Redefinition of Poverty: looking at the shift away from quantitative to qualitative measures such as wellbeing and happiness.

Questions to consider:

How does Sen understand poverty?
How does he use the concepts freedom and equality? How does his usage differ from that of others?
What is meant by a capability approach?
What is the significance of the quote from Aristotle on p253?
How does Sen’s approach to happiness differ from Layard’s?
What are the practical consequences of Sen’s overall approach?
Is it fair to call him a growth sceptic?
Is this discussion appropriate for an economics workgroup?

READINGS

Amartya Sen, The Idea of Justice, at least Part III
Lectures by Sen at Oxford on this topic
Daniel Ben-Ami, Distorting the spirit level, spiked review of books
Antonia Senior, Who wants equality if it means equal poverty?, Times
Daniel Ben-Ami, In defence of abundance, spiked review of books