Commodities and Capabilities

  title={Commodities and Capabilities},
  author={Robert Sugden},
  journal={The Economic Journal},
  • R. Sugden
  • Published 1 September 1986
  • Economics
  • The Economic Journal
Commodities and Capabilities presents a set of inter-related theses concerning the foundations of welfare economics, and in particular about the assessment of personal well-being and advantage. The argument presented focuses on the capability to function, i.e. what a person can do or can be, questioning in the process the more standard emphasis on opulence or on utility. In fact, a person's motivation behind choice is treated here as a parametric variable which may or may not coincide with the… 

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