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The Quality of Life$
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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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Robert Erikson: Descriptions of Inequality

Robert Erikson: Descriptions of Inequality

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(p.84) Robert Erikson: Descriptions of Inequality
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The Quality of Life
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Bengt‐Christer Ysander

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198287976.003.0007

Ysander explores the implementation decisions in Erikson's paper, which broadly encompasses (1) the choice of welfare indicators, where Ysander points to the problem encountered in ‘capability’ measurement especially when the measurement is made across countries and across time; (2) the choice of distribution space, where Ysander notes that the survey‐limited‐distribution issues to questions of discrimination; and (3) the choice of measure of distributional change, where Ysander stresses that in order to understand the reason behind a change, one must trace how one position, or set of capabilities, or lack thereof, conditions the next.

Keywords:   change, distribution, implementation, measurement difficulties, survey data

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