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1998 Nobel laureate in economics


Professor Amartya Sen, who took economics to the exaulted heights of philosophy with his stress on welfare was today chosen for this year's coveted Nobel prize which many felt was long over due. With the recognition for his contribution to welfare economics, Sen, 64, Master of Trinity College at Cambridge University, becomes the sixth Indian to get Nobel prize and the first Asian to merit it for economics. He is also the first solo winner of the prize for Economics since 1995.

Announcing the award in Stockholm, the Royal Swedish Academy of Science said Sen was chosen for the honour for his contribution to welfare economics. ''His contributions ranged from axiomatic theory of social choice over definitions of welfare and poverty indexes, to empirical studies of famine,'' the citation by the academy said.


Curriculum Vitae


Select bibliography:

*Sen, Amartya (1981): Poverty and Famines: An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

*Sen, Amartya (1982): "Liberty as Control: An Appraisal", in Peter A. French, Theodore E. Uehling, Jr., & Howard K. Wettstein (eds.), Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Volume VII: Social and Political Philosophy. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

*Sen, Amartya (1983): "Development: Which Way Now?", The Economic Journal, Vol. 93: 745-762.

*Sen, Amartya (1984): "The Right to Food", in P. Alston & K. Tomasevski (eds.), The Right to Food. Dordrecht: Stichting Studie- en Informatiecentrum Mensenrechten - SIM.

*Sen, Amartya (1985): "Well-being, Agency and Freedom: The Dewey Lectures 1984", Journal of Philosophy, 82 (April 1985).

*Sen, Amartya (1986): "How is India Doing ?", in Basu, Dilip & Sisson, Richard (eds.), Social and Economic Development in India: A Reassessment. New Delhi: SAGE Publications.

*Sen, Amartya (1987): Food and Freedom. Washington D.C.: CGIAR.

*Sen, Amartya (1987): Hunger and Entitlements. Helsinki: World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), United Nations University.

*Sen, Amartya & Nussbaum, Martha (1987): "Internal Criticism and Indian Rationalist Traditions," WIDER Working Paper. Helsinki: WIDER Publications.

*Sen, Amartya (1988): "Freedom of Choice: Concept and Content", European Economic Review, Vol. 32.: 269- 294.

*Drze, Jean & Sen, Amartya (eds.) (1990): The Political Economy of Hunger: Entitlement and Well- Being. Oxford: ClarendonPress.

*Drze, Jean & Sen, Amartya (eds.) (1990): The Political Economy of Hunger: Famine Prevention. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

*Drze, J. & Sen, Amartya (eds.) (1990): The Political Economy of Hunger: Endemic Hunger. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

*Sen, Amartya (1991): "Public Action to Remedy Hunger", Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Vol. 16, No.4: 324-336.

*Sen, Amartya (1994): "Freedom and Needs: An Argument for the Primacy of Political Rights", The New Republic, Vol. 210, No. 2-3: 31-38.

*Drze, Jean & Sen, Amartya (1995): India: Economic Development and Social Opportunity. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

*Sen, Amartya (1996): "Goods and People", in William Aiken & Hugh LaFollette (eds), World Hunger and Morality. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

*Sen, Amartya (1996): "Secularism and Its Discontents", in Kaushik Basu & Sanjay Subrahmanyam (eds.), Unravelling the Nation: Sectarian Conflict and India's Secular Identity. New Delhi: Penguin Books.

*Sen, Amartya (1996): Inequality Reexamined. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

*Sen, Amartya (1997): "Human Rights and Asian Values: What Lee Kuan Yew and Li Peng don't Understand about Asia", The New Republic, July 14 & 21, 1997.

*Drze, Jean & Sen, Amartya (eds.) (1997): Indian Development: Selected Regional Perspectives. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.


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