The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Sen, Amartya (Born 1933)

  • Sudhir Anand
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Amartya Sen has made fundamental contributions to social choice theory, welfare economics, economic measurement, axiomatic choice theory, rationality and economic behaviour, development economics, poverty and famines, gender inequalities and family economics, among many other areas. His contributions to the field of welfare economics were cited for his award of the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. Sen’s work combines foundational and theoretical originality, and the willingness to reconsider basic assumptions. His approach is unusual for its breadth of concern coupled with an uncompromising rigour of analysis. His writings address some of the most important human and ethical issues of our time.


Acyclicity Arrow’s th Atkinson’s th Capabilities Collective choice Complete ordering Development economics Division of labour Economic measurement Family economics Famines Freedom Gender bias Gini coefficient Household production Inequality measurement Interpersonal utility comparisons Labour surplus Leximin Liberal paradox Lorenz curve Maximin Non-dictatorship Nutrition Oligarchy Pareto principle Partial ordering Pigou–Dalton condition Poverty lines Poverty measurement Quasi-concavity Quasi-ordering Quasi-transitivity Sen, A. Social choice Social decision function Social preferences Social welfare function Transitivity Utilitarianism Voting paradoxes Weak equity axiom Welfare economics Welfarism Well-being 

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