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On Economic Inequality$
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Amartya Sen

Print publication date: 1973

Print ISBN-13: 9780198281931

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198281935.001.0001

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Work, Needs, and Inequality

Work, Needs, and Inequality

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(p.77) 4 Work, Needs, and Inequality
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On Economic Inequality
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Amartya Sen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198281935.003.0004

Some of the broader issues concerning economic inequality are addressed. Inequality is sometimes viewed in relative terms, viz., as a departure from some notion of appropriate distribution, based on needs and desert Inequality can, therefore, be viewed not merely as a measure of dispersion, but also as a measure of the difference between the actual distribution of income, and the distribution (1) according to needs or (2) according to some concept of desert. These two approaches are discussed.

Keywords:   desert, economic inequality, income distribution, inequality, measurement, needs

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