SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.3 issue2Mundo de la vida, espacios pedagógicos, espacios escolares y excentricidad humana: reflexiones antropológico-pedagógicas y socio-fenomenológicas author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO
  • On index processSimilars in Google


Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud

Print version ISSN 1692-715XOn-line version ISSN 2027-7679


GONZALEZ, Jorge Iván. El estatuto teórico de la niñez y de la juventud en la reflexión económica. Rev.latinoam.cienc.soc.niñez juv [online]. 2005, vol.3, n.2, pp.17-49. ISSN 1692-715X.

This paper aims at an account of the ways in which economic theory considers childhood and youth. Three thematic parts are differentiated: the first one is concerned with the method of economics; the second refers to Samuelson's rupture with classical utilitarianism, and the third shows possible alternatives to Samuelson's analytic framework. Among possible alternatives the author emphasizes three: the first, proposed by Arrow, opens up Samuelson's conceptual space because it considers world situations as arguments of the utility function. The second alternative, related to the name of Simon, unites biology and economics. The third way, proposed by Sen, centers on capacities. As reflection moves away from Samuelson, the possibility of including considerations on childhood and youth in economic reflection are enhanced, but this approach requires an interdisciplinary vision which is absent from conventional discussions. The paper concludes with a brief commentary on public policy, and invites an active interchange among different fields of knowledge, especially needed in reflections related to childhood and youth.

Keywords : Childhood; youth; utilitarianism; statics; dynamics; capacities; rationality; consumption; demand.

        · abstract in Spanish | Portuguese     · text in Spanish     · Spanish ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License