Decent Living Standards: material prerequisites for human wellbeing

Rao N & Min J (2017). Decent Living Standards: material prerequisites for human wellbeing. Social Indicators Research: 1-20. DOI:10.1007/s11205-017-1650-0.

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Project: Energy and emissions thresholds for providing decent living standards to all (DecentLivingEnergy, H2020 637462)

Abstract

We define a set of universal, irreducible and essential set of material conditions for achieving basic human wellbeing, along with indicators and quantitative thresholds, which can be operationalized for societies based on local customs and preferences. We draw support for this Decent Living Standard (DLS) from different accounts of basic justice, including the capability approach, basic needs, and primary goods. The DLS goes beyond existing multidimensional poverty indicators by comprehensively addressing living conditions and the means of social participation. The DLS offers a normative basis to develop minimum wage and reference budgets, and to assess environmental impacts, such as climate change, of eradicating poverty.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Energy (ENE)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 17 May 2017 13:10
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 07:46
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/14606

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