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Amartya Sen, 1933-. Nobel Prize in Economics, 1998. I. Who II. Welfare and developmental economics General focus on self-interest in economics: what are the presumptions? III. This is his target IV. Experience tells us some things Bowl of fruit. V. Basic concepts Sympathy Commitment

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amartya sen 1933

Amartya Sen, 1933-

Nobel Prize in Economics, 1998

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I. Who

  • II. Welfare and developmental economics
    • General focus on self-interest in economics: what are the presumptions?
  • III. This is his target
  • IV. Experience tells us some things
    • Bowl of fruit
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V. Basic concepts

    • Sympathy
    • Commitment
  • VI. Is this relevant to a vision of the self?
    • Not in terms of purchase of goods usually
    • What about public versus private goods?
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VII. “Social morons”

    • Ethical v. subjective
    • Ranking of rankings
    • Implications of “economic” view of rationality
      • Consequences of committment
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VIII. What has Sen accomplished?

    • Rationality
    • Multiple self
    • Universal v. particular?
    • Not all other-regarding motives are good