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Inequality, unemployment and contemporary Europe

By Amartya Sen

Abstract

Inequality of incomes can differ substantially from inequality in other 'spaces' such as well-being, freedom, health, longevity, and quality of life. Given the massive sclae of unemployment in contemporary European economies, concentrating only on income inequality can be particularly deceptive for studying economic inequality, since unemployment causes deprivation in many other ways as well. This paper examines the different ways in which unemployment creates deprivation (other than through low income), and what implications these issues have on the relative merits of American and European attitudes respectively to individual responsibility and social commitment

Topics: HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform, HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Publisher: Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Political Science
Year: 1997
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:6687
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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