Review of Social Economy

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 2, June

Adaptive Preferences and Capabilities: Some Preliminary Conceptual Explorations
Abstract The Capability Approach (CA) as developed by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, has in part been a response to the problem of adaptive preferences. Their argument says that people might adapt to certain unfavorable circumstances and any self-evaluation...
Capabilities and Happiness: Potential Synergies
Abstract The paper compares two prominent approaches to assessing Human Well-Being, the Capability Approach and the Subjective Well-Being Approach. It investigates the differences and the similarities between these approaches. An argument is made for...
Happiness Research: State and Prospects
Abstract This paper intends to provide an evaluation of where the economic research on happiness stands and in which interesting directions it might develop. First, the current state of the research on happiness in economics is briefly discussed. We...
Personhood and Human Richness: Good and Well-Being in the Capability Approach and Beyond
Abstract This paper aims at developing the Capability Approach's (CA) underlying philosophical anthropology and ethics by focusing on the work of its major exponents, Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum. I first discuss CA's critique of happiness as subjective...
Subjective and Objective Well-Being in Relation to Economic Inputs: Puzzles and Responses
Abstract Systematic, large discrepancies exist between direct measures of well-being and the measures that economists largely concentrate on, notably income. The paper assesses and rejects claims that income is satisfactorily correlated with well-being,...
What Informational Basis for Assessing Job-Seekers?: Capabilities vs. Preferences
Abstract The evaluative function of local public actors has been exacerbated in recent years with the individualisation of social policies. One of their tasks is to select the appropriate informational basis in order to assess welfare claimants. Amartya...
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