Amartya Sen

Professor Amartya Sen’s intellectual achievements and contributions to welfare economics have earned him the prestigious title of ‘Nobel laureate in Economics (1998 Nobel prize in Economics)’.

Sen was born in Santiniketan, India and is an alumnus of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Presidency College in Calcutta. He also taught at both these universities, later becoming the first non-British Master of Trinity College. His writings on overcoming poverty, deprivation, environmental threats, violation of human rights and economic sustainability - central to his approach to ‘Development as Freedom’ - are fundamental to the theory and practice of development.

Sen’s highly acclaimed work in ‘Welfare Economics’ has earned him several distinguished awards, including the 'Bharat Ratna'” (the highest honour awarded by the President of India). He has also been conferred honorary doctorates by prominent academic institutions the world over, including the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in 1982.




Identity and violence : the illusion of destiny / Amartya Sen / A. SEN. - New York, NY : Norton, 2006.

Poverty and human rights : Sen's 'capability perspective' explored / Polly Vizard / P. VIZARD A.K. SEN;. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005.

The argumentative Indian : writings on Indian history, culture and identity / Amartya Sen / A. SEN. - London : Allen Lane, 2005.

Public health, ethics, and equity / ed. by Sudhir Anand, Fabienne Peter and Amartya Sen / S. ANAND F. PETER; A. SEN;. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2004.

Escaping the Poverty Trap: Investing in children in Latin America. / Amartya Kumar Sen; Gro Harlem Brundtland; Inter-American Development Bank. Inter-American Development Bank. 2004.

Readings in human development : concepts, measures and policy for a development paradigm / ed. by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and A.K. Shiva Kumar / S. FUKUDA-PARR A.K. SHIVA KUMAR; A.K. SEN;. - New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2003.

India, development and participation / Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen / J. DRÈZE A.K. SEN;. - 2nd [rev. and upd.]. - New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2002.

Rationality and freedom / Amartya Sen / A. SEN. - Cambridge, MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2002.

India: Development and Participation / Amrtya Sen and Jean Drèze ; New Dehli: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Reason before Identity ? / Amartya Sen. Oxford University Press.1999.

Development as freedom / Amartya Sen / A. SEN. - New York ; Oxford : Knopf ; Oxford University Press, 1999.

Commodities and capabilities / Amartya Sen / A. SEN. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999.

Indian development : selected regional perspectives / editors : Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen / J. DRÈZE A. SEN;. - Delhi : Oxford University Press, 1997.

Choice, welfare, and development : a Festschrift in honour of Amartya K. Sen / ed. by K. Basu, P. Pattanaik, and K. Suzumura / K. BASU P. PATTANAIK; K. SUZUMURA; A.K. SEN;. - Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1995.

India : economic development and social opportunity / Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen / J. DRÈZE A. SEN;. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1995.

The political economy of hunger : selected essays / ed. by Jean Drèze, Amartya Sen and Athar Hussain / J. DRÈZE A. SEN; A. HUSSAIN;. - Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1995.

The quality of life / ed. by Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen / M.C. NUSSBAUM A. SEN;. - Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1993.

Inequality reexamined / Amartya Sen / A. SEN. - New York, NY ; Oxford : Russell Sage Foundation ; Clarendon Press, 1992.

The standard of living / Amartya Sen ... [et al.] ; ed. by Geoffrey Hawthorn / A. SEN G. HAWTHORN;. - Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Resources, values and development / Amartya Sen / A. SEN. - Oxford : Basil Blackwell, 1984.

Utilitarianism and beyond / ed. by Amartya Sen and Bernard Williams / A. SEN B. WILLIAMS;. - Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1982

Choice, welfare and measurement / Amartya Sen / A. SEN. - Oxford : Blackwell, 1982.

Poverty and famines : an essay on entitlement and deprivation / Amartya Sen / A. SEN. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1981.

Collective choice and social welfare / Amartya K. Sen / A.K. SEN. - Amsterdam : North-Holland, 1979.

On economic inequality / Amartya Sen / A. SEN. - Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1973.

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“What Do We Want from a Theory of Justice?” / Amartya Sen / Journal of Philosophy, Vol. CIII (5), May 2006.

“The Man Without a Plan,” / Amartya Sen / Foreign Affairs, 85 (2006)

“Social Identity,” / Amartya Sen / Revue de Philosophie economique, Issue 9. 2004.

“The Many Faces of Gender Inequality,” / Amartya Sen / The New Republic September 17, 2001.

“Human Development and Financial Conservatism,” / Amartya Sen / World Development, 26, 1998.

“Indian Traditions and Western Imagination,” / Amartya Sen / Daedalus, 126, 1997.

“From Income Inequality to Economic Inequality,” / Amartya Sen / Southern Economic Journal, 64, 1997.

“Economic Interdependence and the World Food Summit,” / Amartya Sen / Development, (4),1996.

“Objectivity, Health and Policy,” / Amartya Sen / in M. Dasgupta, L. Chen and T. N. Krishnan eds., Health, Poverty and Development in India (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1996).

“What is the Nature of the Population Problem and How Can it be Solved?,” / Amartya Sen / Keio Economic Studies, 32, 1995.

“Welfare, Preference and Freedom,” /Amartya Sen/ Journal of Econometrics, 50, 1991.

“More Than 100 Million Women Are Missing,” / Amartya Sen / The New York Review of Books, December 20, 1990.

“Economic Methodology: Heterogeneity and Relevance,” / Amartya Sen / Social Research, 56, 1989.

“Indian Development: Lessons and Non-Lessons,”/ Amartya Sen / Daedalus, 118, 1989.

“Social Choice and Justice: A Review Article,” /Amartya Sen / Journal of Economic Literature, 23, December 1985. “Rights and Capabilities,” / Amartya Sen / in T. Honderich, ed., Morality and Objectivity (London: Routledge), 1985.

“Indian Women: Well-being and Survival,” / Amartya Sen; J. Kynch. / Cambridge Journal of Economics, (7), 1983.

“Labour and Technology,” / Amartya Sen / in J. Cody, H. Hughes and D. Walls, eds.Policies for Industrial Progress in Developing Countries (New York: Oxford University Press 1980).

“Famines as Failures of Exchange Entitlements,” / Amartya Sen / Economic and Political Weekly, (Special Number), 11, 1976.

“Behaviour and the Concept of Preference,” / Amartya Sen / Economica, 45, August 1973.

“Control Areas and Accounting Prices: An Approach to Economic Evaluation,” / Amartya Sen / Economic Journal, 82, 1972.

“Models of Educational Planning and their Applications,” / Amartya Sen / Journal of Development Planning, 2, 1970.

“Quasi-transitivity, Rational Choice and Collective Decisions,” / Amartya Sen / Review of Economic Studies, 36, July 1969.

“Terminal Capital and Optimum Savings,” / Amartya Sen / in C. Feinstein, ed, Socialism, Capitalism and Economic Growth: essays presented to Maurice Dobb (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1967).

“Hume's Law and Hare's Rule,” / Amartya Sen / Philosophy, January 1966. “A Possibility Theorem on Majority Decisions,” / Amartya Sen / Econometrica, 34 (1966).

“Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment: Some Conceptional Issues in Measurement,” / Amartya Sen / Sankhya: The Indian Journal of Statistics, 36, June and December 1974.

“Distribution, Transitivity and Little's Welfare Criterion,” /Amartya Sen / Economic Journal, 73, December 1963.

“The Choice of Agricultural Techniques in Underdeveloped Countries,” / Amartya Sen / Economic Development and Cultural Change, (7) April 1959.

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Other resources


Articles on Sen (after the Nobel Prize)

Encyclopaedia BritannicaUniversity of Jadavpur (1956–58)

University of Delhi (1963–71)

The London School of Economics

The University of London (1971–77)

University of Oxford (1977–88)

Harvard University (1988–98, present day)

Trinity College Cambridge

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