Instructor: Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI
- Conceptual issues – capability vs functionings
- Where is the literature? – theory vs empirical applications
- Multidimensional poverty measures: mainly functionings
- Methods of addressing freedom: Opportunity Sets, Agency, Subjective evaluation
- Data issues
- Aggregation issues
- Open questions
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SEN, A. K. (2002) Rationality and freedom. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press, Ch 19 and 20 and the references therein.
PATTANAIK, P. and Y. XU (1990), “On ranking opportunity sets in terms of freedom of choice.” Recherches Economiques de Louvain 56:383-390.
ROEMER, J. E. (2002) “Equality of opportunity: A progress report.” Social Choice and Welfare 19:455-471. (Roemer’s approach is the main ‘alternative’ to the capability approach – how is it different? What are its strengths and oversights?)
ALKIRE, S. (2007), “Measuring freedoms alongside well-being”, in GOUGH, I. and J. A. MCGREGOR (eds.) Well-being in developing countries: new approaches and research strategies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
SUGDEN, R. (2003), “Opportunity as a space for individuality: Its value and the impossibility of measuring it.” Ethics 113:783-809.
ANAND, P., and M. VAN HEES (2006) “Capabilities and achievements: an empirical study.” Journal of Socio-Economics 35:268-284.