Amartya Sen

DEFINITION of 'Amartya Sen'

An internationally renowned economist who is a professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard, and winner of the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his studies of welfare economics. Born in India in 1933, much of Sen's work focuses on improving the plight of the worlds poorest people. He is the author of numerous books on welfare economics, development economics and other subjects.

BREAKING DOWN 'Amartya Sen'

Sen's additional areas of research include social choice theory, economic measurement, public health, rationality and economic behavior, economic methodology, gender studies, moral and political philosophy, and the economics of peace and war. He earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He has also received numerous honorary doctorates and honorary fellowships from institutions around the world.