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The Smithian Account in Amartya Sen's Economic Theory

Eiffe, Franz F. (2008) The Smithian Account in Amartya Sen's Economic Theory. Working Papers / Institut für Sozialpolitik, 04/2008. Institut für Sozialpolitik, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.

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Abstract

The purpose of the paper is to reconstruct Smith's view not only of human being but also of the economic system basing on his action, so as to show in what way Amartya Sen constructs his moral economic account on these presuppositions and how he conceptualizes some specific Smithian principles, reintegrating them in economic theorising. Sen's model of behavior but also his holistic views on the economy and human development, which have accumulated in the well known capability approach, is inspired by the philosophical work of Adam Smith. In fact, there are more similarities between the two economists than one might think. (...) (author´s abstract)

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: Smith, Adam / Ethik / Wirtschaftstheorie / Sen, Amartya Kumar
Classification Codes: RVK QE 800
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Sozialpolitik
Depositing User: Repository Administrator
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2008 08:58
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2011 13:43
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/960

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