Development as freedom

Amartya Sen

Why I looked at this book

I've been meaning for a while to look at some of Amartya Sen's work . I thought this book might be a good place to start as it was mentioned in the book Freedom to learn. I'm looking for a discussion of why freedom is important in a world which seems preoccupied with economic growth.

First impressions

Some people suggest that economic growth is more important than political freedom, that it might be best for a poor country to have top down control for a while to strengthen the economy. Sen says No, freedom and economic development go hand in hand, and that authoritarian control leads to neither. The book is based on a series of lectures at the World Bank, Sen intends it for a more general audience, although I wouldn't say that it was written to be a "popular economics" book.
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