IPID Talk 9/22: Amartya Sen's Development

The first IPID Talk of the year will be on Wednesday, September 22 at 11:00am at the Minnesota Population Center (50 Willey Hall) Room 70. Here is a campus map showing where this is: http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/WilleyH/

The topic will be: The Perspective of Freedom: Amartya Sen's Development. I will be pushing it off.

Old visions of international development were tied to economic indicators of wellbeing. Countries were considered on the road to development if there was a steady increase in gross domestic product ignoring other non-income considerations. Sen has insisted that the expansion of substantive freedoms must be the objective and measure of development. He won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1998 for his work in welfare/development economics and most recently published The Idea of Justice. 

Is Sen correct in taking substative freedoms as the normative measure of development efforts?

How can freedom be measured? 

How can our practice of development be informed by the perspective of freedom? 

To participate:

1) Read Chapter One from Development as Freedom (14 pages)

Available here:  Dev. as Freedom-Sen-Ch.1.pdf

2) Watch Sen's welcome to the Capacity & Development conference (7 minutes)


3) Optional: If you can't get enough, see this on The Idea of Justice: http://www.france24.com/en/20100115-business-interview%20-amartya-sen-the%20idea-of-justice-harvard-welfare-business

4) Come to 50 Willey Hall (Minnesota Population Center) Seminar Room at 11:00 am on September 22nd and discuss.


11:00 - 11:10 Introduce the topic and quickly summarize the materials for those who have not had a chance to view/read them. 
11:10 - 11:50 The next 40 minutes will be structured discussion. 
11:50 - 11:55 The next five will be sound-off and last thoughts.
11:55 -12:00 The last five will be housekeeping.

Heads up: Kristen Rau from the Law School and the Humphery Institute will run the next IPID Talk on International Human Rights & Development on October 13 at 11:00am.

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