Books by Amartya Sen (Author of The Argumentative Indian)
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Sen was best known for his work on the causes of famine , which led to the development of practical solutions for preventing or limiting the effects of real or perceived shortages of food. From to he served as master superintendent of Trinity College, Cambridge. Amartya Sen is famous for his significant contributions to welfare economics for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics , including his development of more sophisticated measures of poverty , and for his work on the causes and prevention of famines.
Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen's first great book, now reissued in a fully revised and expanded second edition. Is the majority principle a workable rule for making decisions? How should income inequality be measured? When and how can we compare the distribution of welfare in different societies? These questions, from the citation by the Swedish Academy of Sciences when Amartya Sen was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, refer to his work in Collective Choice and Social Welfare , the most important of all his early books. Originally published in , this classic work in welfare economics has been recognized for its ground-breaking role in integrating economics and ethics, and for its influence in opening up new areas of research in social choice, including aggregative assessment.
I was born in a University campus and seem to have lived all my life in one campus or another. My family is from Dhaka — now the capital of Bangladesh. My father Ashutosh Sen taught chemistry at Dhaka University. I have not had any serious non-academic job. My planned field of study varied a good deal in my younger years, and between the ages of three and seventeen, I seriously flirted, in turn, with Sanskrit, mathematics, and physics, before settling for the eccentric charms of economics.
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Sen has made contributions to welfare economics , social choice theory , economic and social justice , economic theories of famines , and measures of well-being of countries. He is currently the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard. Sen's family was from Wari and Manikganj , Dhaka , both in present-day Bangladesh. His father Ashutosh Sen was a professor of chemistry at Dhaka University who moved with his family to West Bengal in and worked at various government institutions, including the West Bengal Public Service Commission of which he was the chairman , and the Union Public Service Commission. Sen's mother Amita Sen was the daughter of Kshiti Mohan Sen , a well-known scholar of ancient and medieval India and close associate of Rabindranath Tagore.
Development as Freedom is a popular summary of economist Amartya Sen's work on development. In it he explores the relationship between freedom and development, the ways in which freedom is both a basic constituent of development in itself and an enabling key to other aspects. No knowledge of economics is assumed — there is no mathematics at all, not a single equation — and the more philosophically complex material is concentrated into a few places. And, while there's the occasional historical analysis, most of the examples are recent or even current. Sen's prose does have a tendency to the wordy, lacking concision, but the result is nevertheless broadly accessible. Covering a diverse range of topics, it should have something for anyone involved with development.