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.
About the Author(s)
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).