Presidential Address: The Nature of Inequality

  • Amartya Sen
Part of the International Economic Association Series book series (IEA)


What is economic inequality? At one level, economic inequality is a very obvious thing. It is a state of the world in which some people are poor, perhaps thoroughly deprived, while others lead affluent lives -even roll in luxury. Caviar for some, and starvation for others. But the contrasts are often far more subtle and much harder to identify.


Social Choice Economic Inequality Public Affair Total Utility Primary Good 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amartya Sen
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  1. 1.Harvard UniversityUSA

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