Garcia P. y Hoffman S. 2002. El Bienestar como Preferencia y las Mediciones de Pobreza. Cinta moebio 13: 70-73


Welfare as Preference and the Measurements of Poverty

Pablo S. Garcia y Silvia T. Hoffman. Facultad de Ciencias Económicas de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina


The notion of welfare has historically been related to the notion of satisfying individual preferences or wants. This point of view was proposed by Bentham in the eighteen century. Following Bentham, welfare is thought to depend on satisfaction of those preferences. We shall try to show how this notion of welfare has influenced our theoretical instruments in poverty messurements, and to point out its limits and difficulties. Finally, we shall propose an alternative point of view based on the theory of capabilities developed by A. Sen.

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