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Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen
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Aug 19, 07

Read in January, 2003

All of Sen's work is meaningful, but this might be his most important. Sen is a novel economist in that he acknowledges the limitations of classic economics in relating to globalization, human rights, and poverty. Many economists have trouble seeing the forrest for the trees, but Sen knows the classic figures reported to the U.N. tell a partial story and leave out the humanity of the people actually experiencing what it means to have a high maternal mortality rate. Sen's idea of success might not necessarily be reflected in traditional terms. He would not view a development project as a success solely by profit margins or capital gains. It is rare to meet an economist who puts people before numbers and who functions so clearly as an activist. I saw Sen speak at Colombia U, and he is more inspiring in person than on the page. I think everyone would benefit from reading "Development as Freedom".
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