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The development of capability indicators

Anand, P., Hunter, G., Carter, I., Dowding, K., Guala, F. & Van Hees, M., 2009, In : Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. 10, 1, p. 125-152 28 p.

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Anand, P., Hunter, G., Carter, I., Dowding, K., Guala, F., & Van Hees, M. (2009). The development of capability indicators. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 10(1), 125-152. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649880802675366

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Anand, Paul ; Hunter, Graham ; Carter, Ian ; Dowding, Keith ; Guala, Francesco ; Van Hees, Martin. / The development of capability indicators. In: Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. 2009 ; Vol. 10, No. 1. pp. 125-152.

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Anand, P, Hunter, G, Carter, I, Dowding, K, Guala, F & Van Hees, M 2009, 'The development of capability indicators', Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 125-152. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649880802675366

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The development of capability indicators. / Anand, Paul; Hunter, Graham; Carter, Ian; Dowding, Keith; Guala, Francesco; Van Hees, Martin.

In: Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2009, p. 125-152.

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Anand P, Hunter G, Carter I, Dowding K, Guala F, Van Hees M. The development of capability indicators. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. 2009;10(1):125-152. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649880802675366


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