Amartya Sen Essay

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AMARTYA SEN – A Nobel Laureate EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION Sen was born to a Bengali Hindu family of Santiniketan, West Bengal, India. His ancestral home was in Wari, Dhaka, then part of India; now Bangladesh which became a new country in 1971 following its separation from Pakistan. Sen began his high-school education at St Gregory's School in Dhaka in 1941. In India Sen studied at the Presidency College, Kolkata, where he earned a First Class First in his B.A.in Economics and emerged as the most eminent student of the well known batch of 1953. Subsequently, in the same year, he moved to Trinity College, Cambridge. There were major debates between supporters of Keynesian economics and the diverse contributions of Keynes' followers, on the one hand, and the "neo-classical" economists skeptical of Keynes, on the other. Sen was lucky to have close relations with economists on both sides of the divide. Career and Professorships Between 1960–1961, Amartya was a visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Later consequently, he was also a visiting Professor at UC-Berkeley, Stanford, and Cornell. He has taught economics also at the University of Calcutta and at the Delhi School of Economics where he was a Professor from 1961 to 1972, a period which is considered to be a Golden Period in the history of DSE. In 1972 he joined the London School of Economics as a Professor of Economics where he taught until 1977. From 1977 to 1986 he taught at the University of Oxford. In 1998 he was appointed as Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. In January 2004 Sen returned to Harvard RESEARCH In 1981, Sen published Poverty and Famines: An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation ,a book in which he demonstrated that famine occurs not only from lack of food, but from inequalities built into mechanisms for

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