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An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution$
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Partha Dasgupta

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198288350

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198288352.001.0001

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Inequality, Malnutrition, and the Disfranchised

Inequality, Malnutrition, and the Disfranchised

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(p.473) 16 Inequality, Malnutrition, and the Disfranchised
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An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution
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Partha Dasgupta (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198288352.003.0023

The main part of this chapter addresses different aspects of inequality, malnutrition, and the disfranchised. It has ten sections: (1) asset ownership, maintenance costs, and labour power; (2) the labour market and involuntary unemployment; (3) efficiency wages and piece‐rates; (4) competitive market allocations; (5) development regimes; (6) growth with redistribution; (7) robustness and extensions; (8) involuntary unemployment and surplus labour; (9) resistance to wage cuts; and (10) the appeal of nutrition‐based theories of the labour market. An extra and separate section (designated Chapter *16) gives theoretical presentations on various aspects of the analysis of allocation mechanisms when nutrition affects productivity. These include: the characteristics of equilibrium allocations in the timeless world; the rate of ’trickle‐down’ of aggregate wealth to the poorest of the poor; the coexistence of casual and permanent labour; and food distribution within poor households.

Keywords:   asset ownership, disfranchisement, food distribution, inequality, involuntary unemployment, labour market, malnutrition, market competition, piece‐rates, poverty, surplus labour, wage cuts, wages

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