Angus Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School and author of “The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality” will discuss his book at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 21, 2013 in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
The book chronicles the story of how, beginning 250 years ago, large numbers of people have achieved levels of well-being that were previously available only to a few individuals, and how this achievement has given rise to equally unprecedented inequalities. A public reception and book sale/signing will follow the discussion in Shultz Dining Room.
Deaton’s interests include health, development, poverty, inequality, and wellbeing. He has consulted for the World Bank, on poverty measurement and on international comparisons, and for the Gallup Organization, exploring global and national links between life evaluation, hedonic wellbeing, income and health. He was the first recipient of the Econometric Society’s Frisch Medal, and was Editor of Econometrica in the 1980s. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and was President of the American Economic Association in 2009. He holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Rome, London, St Andrews, Edinburgh, and Cyprus. In 2012, his won the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in recognition of his life’s work.