Amartya Sen





Amartya Sen

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in Shantiniketan, India
November 03, 1933

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Amartya Kumar Sen is an Indian economist who was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory, and for his interest in the problems of society’s poorest members.

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. He is currently the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. He is also a senior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he previously served as Master from the years 1998 to 2004. He is the first Asian and the firs
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Sen is sure about his approach towards the multi-faceted nature of poverty, but the authorities who are entrusted with the task of alleviating it seem baffled. Though committee after committee has been formed to define the poor, there is yet to be a ...

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“the identity of an individual is essentially a function of her choices, rather than the discovery of an immutable attribute”
Amartya Sen, The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity

“The increasing tendency towards seeing people in terms of one dominant ‘identity’ (‘this is your duty as an American’, ‘you must commit these acts as a Muslim’, or ‘as a Chinese you should give priority to this national engagement’) is not only an imposition of an external and arbitrary priority, but also the denial of an important liberty of a person who can decide on their respective loyalties to different groups (to all of which he or she belongs).”
Amartya Sen, The Idea Of Justice

“While I am interested both in economics and in philosophy, the union of my interests in the two fields far exceeds their intersection”
Amartya Sen

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