Friday, 10 May 2013

Changes in relative deprivation and social well-being

an article by Jayanta Sen (West Bengal State University, Kolkata, India) and Dipti Prakas Pal (University of Kalyani, India) published in International Journal of Social Economics Volume 40 Issue 6 (2013)


Individuals earn their income from different sources in an economy. Persons being engaged with different occupations have different income levels. Welfare level thus varies from person to person. Obviously an indignant feeling arises out of interpersonal shortages of income which is viewed as relative deprivation of the person to whom shortages are inflicted. This paper attempts to analyse geometrically inter-temporal variations in relative deprivation.

Temporal movement has been analysed in terms of iso-deprivation curves.

Reduction in relative deprivation is the cherished goal of every welfare economy. But how it should be pursued is a matter of concern to the policy makers. In the present analysis five paths are discussed along which the deprivation level may be reduced. The most desirable path is identified.

Different components and their relative contributions to changes in relative deprivation have been identified in a geometrical decomposition framework. The analysis is of use in framing policies for reduction in relative deprivation and increase in social well-being.

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