Selected Papers of Partha Dasgupta: Volume I: Institutions, Innovations, and Human Values: Volume II: Poverty, Population, and Natural Resources

ISBN : 9780199561513

Partha Dasgupta
1010 Pages
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181 x 253 mm
Pub date
Nov 2010
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The Selected Papers of Partha Dasgupta brings together the works of one of the most distinguished economists working today. Professor Dasgupta was Knighted in 2002 for services to economics and his research interests have covered welfare and development economics, the economics of technological change, population, environmental and resource economics, the theory of games, and the economics of undernutrition. This two-volume collection represents a body of work spanning 40 years and contains a selection of Dasgupta's most original papers on six key themes. Both volumes feature foundational papers and substantial original introductions. The articles reflect inter-disciplinary scholarship in the author's search for a unifying way to analyse the problems people face in trying to allocate resources over time, among groups, and across uncertain contingencies. Each volume opens with an extended essay explaining the motivation underlying economics; the concept of what economics is about and how modern economists move within it. The author makes essential use of findings in anthropology, demography, ecology, geography, moral philosophy, and the environmental and nutritional sciences, but studies social phenomena through the lens of economics, to unravel the pathways by which scarce resources are produced, exchanged, and disseminated.


1. Facts and Values in Modern Economics
2. Trust as a Commodity
3. The Economics of Social Capital
4. Information Disclosure and the Economics of Science and Technology, with P. David
5. Science as an Institution: Setting Priorities in a New Socio-Economic Context
6. The Implementation of Social Choice Rules: Some Basic Results in Incentive Compatibility, with P. Hammond and E. Maskin
7. On Imperfect Information and Optimal Pollution Control, with P. Hammond and E. Maskin
8. Fully Progressive Taxation, with P. Hammond
9. Decentralization and Rights
10. Industrial Structure and the Nature of Innovative Activity, with J.E. Stiglitz
11. Patents, Priority and Imitation, or, the Economics of Races and Waiting Games
12. The Simple Economics of Research Portfolios, with E. Maskin
13. Learning by Doing, Market Structure and Industrial and Trade Policies, with J.E. Stiglitz
14. On Measuring the Quality of Life, with M. Weale
15. On the Robustness of Majority Rule, with E. Maskin
16. Uncertainty and Hyperbolic Discounting, with E. Maskin
17. On Some Alternative Criteria for Justice Between Generations
18. Discounting Climate Change
19. Conspicuous Consumption, Inconspicuous Leisure, with K.J. Arrow
1. Mathematics and Economic Reasoning, with J. Barrow-Green and I. Leader
2. Inequality as a Determinant of Malnutrition and Unemployment, 1: Theory, with D. Ray
3. Inequality as a Determinant of Malnutrition and Unemployment, 2: Policy, with D. Ray
4. Nutritional Status, the Capacity for Work and Poverty Traps
5. The Environment and Emerging Development Issues, with K.-G. Maler
6. Reproductive externalities and fertility behavior
7. Poverty Traps: Exploring the Complexity of Causation
8. On the Concept of Optimum Population
9. Regarding Optimum Population
10. The Optimal Depletion of Exhaustible Resources, with G.M. Heal
11. The Taxation of Exhaustible Resources, with G.M. Heal and J.E.Stiglitz
12. Strategic Considerations in Invention and Innovation: The Case of Natural Resources, with R. Gilbert and J.E.Stiglitz
13. The Environment as a Commodity
14. Common Property Resources: Economic Analytics
15. Net National Product, Wealth, and Social Well-Being, with K.-G. Maler
16. The Genuine Savings Criterion and the Value of Population, with K.J. Arrow and K.-G. Maler
17. Nature and the Economy
18. The Welfare Economic Theory of Green National Accounts

About the author: 

Sir Partha Dasgupta was born in Dhaka (at that time in India) and educated in Varanasi, Delhi, and Cambridge. He taught at the London School of Economics during 1971-1984 and moved to Cambridge in 1985. During 1989-1992 he was also Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Stanford University. In addition to research and teaching at his home university, Professor Dasgupta has been much involved in introducing environmental and resource economics in Universities in Africa and South Asia. He is a Founder Member of the South Asian Network of Development and Environmental Economists, SANDEE and a Founding Member of the Editorial Board of the quarterly journal Environmental and Development Economics. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society, Member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Sciences. His previous book was Economics: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2007).

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