1st Annual Amartya Sen Lecture: “Economics after The Idea of Justice”

The Hague, The Netherlands

Evening of September 5th, 2011
An initiative of the


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“The capability approach provides the intellectual foundation for human development. This ap- proach considers human well-being, partcipation & freedom to be central economic and social objectives.”

– Amartya Sen, founding president of the HDCA


Annual Amartya Sen Lecture Series

Supported by the UNDP Human Development Report Office, the annual Amartya Sen Lecture Series celebrates prof. Amartya Sen‘s important contributions to the fields of human development and capability. It will focus on themes from Sen’s wide ranging contributions to these areas, ranging from his work on capability and freedom to his related works in areas such as democracy, development, gender, liberty, welfare, poverty, famines and social choice.

The first lecture in this new series will be held preceding the HDCA conference in The Hague, The Netherlands on the evening of September 5th, 2011.

Sponsor of the
lecture series:


2011 speaker: Tony Atkinson

The 2011 Amartya Sen Lecture will be held by Prof. Tony Atkinson. Atkinson is currently professor of economics at the University of Oxford. During his career he has made many contributions in the areas of economics of income distribution, microeconomics, public economics, and poverty and security. There is an inequality measure named after him: the Atkinson index.

Title of the lecture:

“Public Economics after The Idea of Justice


“Economics is undergoing re-appraisal and we need to re-consider what we teach. In this lecture, I examine how public economics should be re-shaped in the light of The Idea of Justice and Professor Sen’s writing over seven decades.”

With a comment from Amartya Sen himself!

We are pleased and honored to announce that Prof. Amartya Sen himself will attend the lecture and comment on it.

Preliminary program

19.00-19.30 Coffee and tea
19.45-20.00 Welcome and opening by
* Kaushik Basu (President HDCA)
* Khalik Malid (Head HDR Office, UNDP)
20.00-20.45 Lecture prof. Atkinson
20.45-21.00 Comment by prof. Sen
21.00-21.30 Questions and discussion

Reception after the lecture

After the lecture (21.30 – 22.30) there will be a reception for invited guests only.

Photo / video / slides

A photo impression of the lecture:


The lecture has been filmed. You can see a summary of the event here:

Full footage of the lecture can be found on the 3TU-Ethics channel on youtube:

Hand-out of slides used by Tony Atkinson


De Nieuwe Kerk

Spui 175



How to get there: The walking distance to the Nieuwe Kerk from The Hague Central Station is approximately 10 minutes.

Location Sen Lecture:



About the HDCA

The annual Amartya Sen Lecture Series is an initiative of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA). Launched in September 2004, the Human Development and Capability Association promotes research from many disciplines on key problems including poverty, justice, well-being, and economics. Kaushik Basu (Cornell University) is the current president of the HDCA. Amartya Sen was the Founding President of HDCA 2004 – 2006; Martha Nussbaum was President of HDCA 2006 – 2008.

HDCA conference

The 1st Amartya Sen lecture precedes the annual conference of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA), which will be held in The Hague from September 6-8th. For more information on the conference, see the conference website.

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