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On Economic Inequality

Amartya Sen and James Foster

Abstract

This book, which was first published in 1973, presents a systematic treatment of the conceptual framework as well as the practical problems of the measurement of economic inequality. Alternative approaches are evaluated in terms of their philosophical assumptions, economic content, and statistical requirements. In a new annexe added in 1997, which is as large as the original book, Amartya Sen, jointly with James Foster, critically surveys the literature that followed the publication of the first edition of the book, and evaluates the main analytical issues in the appraisal of economic inequali ... More

Keywords: economic inequality, measurement, poverty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1973 Print ISBN-13: 9780198281931
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198281935.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amartya Sen, author
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James Foster, contributor
Vanderbilt University, Nashville
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