Capability Production Function

Instructors: Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, Associate Professor of Economics, Faculty of Political Science, University of Pavia and Director of the Human Development, Capability and Poverty, IUSS, at Pavia, and Emma Samman , OPHI Research Associate

Class Objectives:

  • Conceptualization of the well-being process in terms of the production function: inputs (means), outputs (well-being – achieved functionings) and “technology” (the conversion process);
  • Estimation of the conversion process and conversion rates; and
  • Index of “conversion efficiency” suggested or applied in the capability literature.



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Reading List
CHIAPPERO-MARTINETTI E., GRASSO M., and S. PAREGLIO (2007), “Wellbeing assessment and policy simulations: toward a micro-macro and dynamic integrated approach based on the capability approach”. HDCP-IRC Working Paper, n. 1/2008.
CHIAPPERO-MARTINETTI E., and S. SALARDI (2008), “Well-being process and conversion factors: an estimation of the micro-side of the well-being process”, HDCP-IRC Working Paper, n. 3/2008.

Further readings:
RUGGERI-LADERCHI C. (2008), “Do concepts matter? An empirical investigation of the differences between a capability and a monetary assessment of poverty”, in COMIM, QIZILBAH and S. ALKIRE (eds), The Capability Approach: Concepts, Measures and Application, CUP, 2008. 23
RAMOS X., and J. SILBER (2005), “On the Application of Efficiency Analysis to the Study of the Dimensions of Human Development”, Review of Income and Wealth 51, 2: 285-309.
BINDER, M. and T. BROEKEL (2008), “Conversion Efficiency as a Complementing Measure of Welfare In Capability Space”. Working Paper.