The Relevance of Capability Approach to Evaluate Living Standard: A Systematic Review

Andi Sri Wahyuni


Capability scholars employ the Amartya Sen’s approach to evaluate living standards. While this original type of approach supports of well-being and individual living standards, its recent expansion into a new approach by using the capability approach together with other approaches. However, the operationalizing capability approach, whether original from Amartya Sen or blended with other theories, is still in use nowadays and has emerged to examine the relevance of the theory of capability approach. To evaluate the relevance of the implemented Sen’s capability approach, the author conducted a systematic review of 1,456 peer-reviewed articles from the JStor and ScienceDirect databases related to the capability approach to assessing living standards. The results of this study including 39 articles, only 1 article showed that Sen’s capability approach does irrelevant and the 38 others proved that the capability approach still relevant to implemented in economic development and many field studies to evaluate the living standards of society. This study evaluates the relevance of the implemented Amartya Sen’s capability approach by conducting a systematic review of scientific articles around the worldwide in JStor and ScienceDirect databases. The author conducted a systematic review of 1,456 peer-reviewed articles from the JStor and ScienceDirect databases related to the capability approach. The screening process was analyzed in the Rayyan program and following PRISMA guidelines. Almost all previous studies proved that the idea from Amartya Sen about the capability approach still relevant to use until now. Studies that assess human living standards can continue in using a capability approach from the idea of Amartya Sen. This study conducted a systematic review of all scientific evidence with different research approaches published for their relevance to assessing living standards.


Keywords: capability approach, Amartya Sen, living standard.



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