Approaches towards Inequality and Inequity: Concepts, measures and policies

Innocenti Discussion Papers


Approaches towards Inequality and Inequity: Concepts, measures and policies
  • Author(s)
    • Stewart, Frances;
  • Date of Publication
    • 2013
  • Pages
    • 50
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 696U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English





Description

The paper discusses what a fair, or equitable, distribution is, drawing on some contributions of Western philosophers and economists. After reviewing different approaches, it argues that inequality among groups is particularly unjust. The paper argues for a plural perspective on the space in which inequality is assessed, following Sen’s capability approach. It is argued that the assessment should relate to functionings (or outcomes) rather than capabilities (or possibilities), especially for children whose choices are severely constrained.

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Thematic area

Rights of the Child   /  Social Policies   / 

Thesaurus

human rights   /  indicators   /  poverty   /