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Poverty and Famines: An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation

Amartya Sen


The main focus of this book is on the causation of starvation in general and of famines in particular. The traditional analysis of famines concentrates on food supply. This is shown to be fundamentally defective—it is theoretically unsound, empirically inept, and dangerously misleading for policy. The author develops an alternative method of analysis—the ’entitlement approach’, which concentrates on ownership and exchange. Aside from developing the underlying theory, the approach is used in a number of case studies of recent famines, including the Great Bengal Famine of 1943, the Ethiopian fam ... More

Keywords: Bangladesh, Bengal, case studies, deprivation, distribution, economic analysis, entitlements, Ethiopia, exchange entitlement, famine, food supply, occupational groups, poverty, poverty measurement, Sahel, starvation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1983 Print ISBN-13: 9780198284635
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198284632.001.0001


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Amartya Sen, author
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