## Capabilities and Equality of Health II: Capabilities as Options

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**Capabilities and Equality of Health II : Capabilities as Options.** / Keiding, Hans.

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*Capabilities and Equality of Health II: Capabilities as Options*. Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen.

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TY - UNPB

T1 - Capabilities and Equality of Health II

T2 - Capabilities as Options

AU - Keiding, Hans

N1 - JEL Classification: D63, I10

PY - 2007

Y1 - 2007

N2 - The concept of capabilities, introduced originally by Sen, has inspired many researchers but has not found any simple formal representation which might be instrumental in the construction of a comprehensive theory of equality. In a previous paper (Keiding, 2005), we investigated whether preferences over capabilities as sets of functionings can be rationalized by maximization of a suitable utility function over the set of functionings. Such a rationalization turned out to be possible only in cases which must be considered exceptional and which do not allowfor interesting applications of the capability approach to questions of health or equality. In the present paper we extend the notion of rationalizing orderings of capabilities to a dynamical context, in the sense that the utility function is not yet revealed to the individual at the time when the capabilities are ordered. It turns out that orderings which are in accordance with such probabilistic utility assignments can be characterized by a smaller set of the axioms previously considered

AB - The concept of capabilities, introduced originally by Sen, has inspired many researchers but has not found any simple formal representation which might be instrumental in the construction of a comprehensive theory of equality. In a previous paper (Keiding, 2005), we investigated whether preferences over capabilities as sets of functionings can be rationalized by maximization of a suitable utility function over the set of functionings. Such a rationalization turned out to be possible only in cases which must be considered exceptional and which do not allowfor interesting applications of the capability approach to questions of health or equality. In the present paper we extend the notion of rationalizing orderings of capabilities to a dynamical context, in the sense that the utility function is not yet revealed to the individual at the time when the capabilities are ordered. It turns out that orderings which are in accordance with such probabilistic utility assignments can be characterized by a smaller set of the axioms previously considered

KW - Faculty of Social Sciences

M3 - Working paper

BT - Capabilities and Equality of Health II

PB - Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen

CY - Cph.

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