Hartmann, Dominik (2009). "Sen meets Schumpeter: Towards an agent oriented theory of inequality and qualitative change" Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the HDCA, 10-12 September 2009, Lima, Peru.

This paper aims to combine the basic insights of Amartya Sen’s agent oriented view on development and inequality and Schumpeter’s concept of economic development as qualitative change driven by the introduction of new combinations. The final goal is to contribute to the elaboration of an evolutionary agent based theory on inequality and development. We consider that the very enriching concept and work of Amartya Sen and other social choice, human development and inequality related authors tend to emphasize insufficiently evolutionary aspects of socioeconomic systems and their impacts on the opportunities of the actors to be active agents in the development processes. The evolution of the variety of local economic activities and social network structures (e.g. power, access to non-redundant information and finance) are decisive determinants for the people to be active agents and to adapt to the evolutionary changes of the socioeconomic systems they are living in.