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Theoretical framework for Measuring Social Deprivation

Sengupta, Atanu and Karmodak, Parnasudha (2018): Theoretical framework for Measuring Social Deprivation.

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Abstract

This paper tries to look at deprivation from an entirely different standpoint. The approach framed by us is somewhat different from the existing deliberations on deprivation. In the literature, deprivation relates to non-attainments of some desirable attributes. In our view this approach is one-sided. Deprivation, as we understand, is not only the result of non-attainment but accumulation of non-desirable traits that have been a result of such non-attainment. A proper measure of deprivation thus should measure not only the non-attainment factor but also the result of the accumulated, unwanted outcomes. The second perspective in which we differ from the standard analysis is the emphasis on the efficacy of the use of resources in combating the deprivation or ill consequences. The approach should emphasize not only on the availability of welfare improving inputs but to the extent to which these inputs have been transformed into the welfare-improving outcomes.

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