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Professor Mozaffar Qizilbash



  • BA(Cantab)
  • MPhil(Oxon)
  • DPhil(Oxon)



My research has focused on a range of issues – mostly connected with wellbeing – in economics and philosophy and development economics.

Topics in economics and philosophy on which I have focused include incommensurability, capability and wellbeing, rationality, vagueness and utilitarianism.

Topics in development economics on which I have worked include concepts of development, poverty, human development, sustainable development and corruption.


Selected publications

Full details of publications can be found at RePEc

Research Papers

  • ‘On Capability and the Good Life: Theoretical Debates and their Practical Implications’ forthcoming Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly.
  • ‘“Incommensurability” and Vagueness: Is the Vagueness View Defensible?’ forthcoming Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, DOI: 10.1007/s10677-013-9426-3.
  • ‘Incommensurability or Vagueness? A Comment on Rabinowicz and Sugden’ Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, CXII, 2012 (3), pp. 333-337.
  • ‘Identity, Reason and Choice’ forthcoming Economics and Philosophy.
  • ‘Informed Desire and the Ambitions of Libertarian Paternalism’ Social Choice and Welfare 38(4) 2012, pp. 647-658.
  • ‘Sugden’s Critique of the Capability Approach and the Dangers of Libertarian Paternalism’ International Review of Economics 58(1) 2011, pp. 21-42.

Book Chapters

  • ‘The Capability Approach: Its Interpretation and Limitations’ in K. Gelber and F. Panzironi (eds) The Capability Approach: Development Practice & Public Policy in the Asia Pacific Region, Routledge, 2012.
  • ‘Utilitarianism, “Adaptation” and Paternalism’ in D. Clark (ed) Adaptation, Poverty and DevelopmentThe Dynamics of Subjective Well-Being Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.
  • ‘Disability and Human Development’ in M. Kaldor and P. Vizard (eds) Arguing About the World: the Work and Legacy of Meghnad Desai London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2011.
  • ‘The Adaptation Problem, Evolution and Normative Economics’ in Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honour of Amartya Sen Vol.1 Ethics, Welfare and Measurement  ed. R. Kanbur and K. Basu Oxford University Press 2009.

Mozaffar Quizilbash

Mozaffar Qizilbash