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Amartya Sen's Capability Approach: A Framework for Well-Being Evaluation and Policy Analysis?

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The aim of this paper is twofold: first, we discuss the main conceptual and methodological issues related to the operationalization of Amartya Sen's capability approach. Second, we review quantitative applications of the capability approach in different domains to examine how methodological and empirical challenges are addressed. The use of the capability approach implies a broadening of the “informational basis of judgments” and thereby leads to conclusions that differ from those drawn using standard economic approaches.
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Keywords: B40; B50; C10; C30; I30; assessing capabilities; capability approach; freedom; multidimensional welfare indicators; operationalization; quantitative applications

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France

Publication date: October 2, 2014

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