Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen is an Indian economist and philosopher, who has made significant contributions to welfare economics, social choice theory, economic and social justice, and economic theories of famines. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998.


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  1. 1. Resources, Values And Development

    "Resources, Values, and Development" is a comprehensive examination of the interplay between the availability of resources, the values that guide their use, and the resulting impact on development. The book challenges traditional economic measures of development, such as GDP, and argues for a broader understanding that incorporates human welfare and freedom. It delves into the role of ethics in economics, the importance of individual capabilities, and the need for equity in the distribution of resources. The author's influential ideas on development economics and social choice theory are presented, advocating for a more humane and inclusive approach to economic development that prioritizes the enhancement of human lives over mere economic growth.

    The 4385th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Development As Freedom

    The book in question is a seminal work in the field of economics and development studies, which argues that true development is best understood as the process of expanding the real freedoms that people enjoy. It challenges traditional indicators of growth, such as GDP, suggesting that they fail to capture the essence of human well-being. Instead, it posits that development should be assessed by the range of choices available to individuals, including access to education, healthcare, and the ability to participate in the economic and political life of society. The author emphasizes the interdependence of various types of freedoms, from political rights to economic opportunities, and the role they play in empowering people to live the lives they value.

    The 5542nd Greatest Book of All Time