Decent Living Standards: material prerequisites for human wellbeing

Rao N & Min J (2017). Decent Living Standards: material prerequisites for human wellbeing. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-17-005

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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: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Water (WAT)
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Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2017 12:26
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2018 14:07

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