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Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198287971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198287976.001.0001

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Christopher Bliss: Life‐Style and the Standard of Living

Chapter:
(p.437) Christopher Bliss: Life‐Style and the Standard of Living
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The Quality of Life
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Amartya Sen (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198287976.003.0032

Sen agrees with Bliss's conclusion regarding the impossibility of making comparisons where changes in life‐styles and preferences are involved, but raises problems with Bliss's methodology and accuses Bliss of methodological conservatism. Sen takes the issue specifically with Bliss's constant‐taste methodology as it can provide wrong answers in comparing living standards. Sen concludes that changing tastes over commodity bundles and altering life‐styles would not prevent a reasoned judgment against the enforced deprivation of living standards.

Keywords:   capabilities, commodities, constant‐taste methodology, general equilibrium model, judgment, standard of living, valuation

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