Research Paper No . 2005 / 62 Poverty Measurement and Theories of Beneficence

@inproceedings{Subramanian2005ResearchPN,
  title={Research Paper No . 2005 / 62 Poverty Measurement and Theories of Beneficence},
  author={Subbu Subramanian},
  year={2005}
}
This note points to certain similarities of orientation and outcome between Derek Parfit’s quest for a theory of beneficence and Amartya Sen’s quest for a suitable realvalued representation of poverty. It suggests that both projects, in a certain sense, have been instructive failures. Using Sen’s own work, the note also suggests a logically natural way of dealing with some of the problems in poverty measurement reviewed in it—but only to reject this way out on other compelling grounds. 

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