|This centre is a member of The LSE Research Laboratory [RLAB]: CASE | CVER | CEP | SERC | STICERD||Cookies?|
Paper No' CASE/201: | Full paper
Save Reference as: BibTeX File | EndNote Import File
Keywords: capability approach; inequality; distribution; advantage; measurement; poverty; income; wealth; multidimensional
JEL Classification: I31; I32; D31
Is hard copy/paper copy available? NO - Paper Copy Out Of Print.
This Paper is published under the following series: CASE Papers
Share this page: Google Bookmarks | Facebook | Twitter
Abstract:Inequality has acquired a newfound prominence in academic and political debate. While scholars working with the capability approach have succeeded in influencing the nature of debate about the conceptualisation and measurement of poverty, which is increasingly understood in multidimensional terms, the recent literature on inequality focusses overwhelmingly on economic forms of inequality, and especially on inequalities in income and wealth. In this paper we outline how and why the capability approach might be employed to provide a richer understanding of inequality, and of ‘advantage’ in particular. We also discuss three issues that arise when seeking to apply the capability approach to examine inequality rather than the more traditional concern with poverty. Addressing these issues is central to unlocking the potential that the capability approach has to enrich the understanding of inequality.
Copyright © RLAB & LSE 2003 - 2018 | LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE | Contact: RLAB | Site updated 16 January 2018