Penn Arts and Sciences

Angus Deaton

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

ANGUS DEATON is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University. He studies health, wellbeing, and economic development.  His current research focuses on the determinants of health in rich and poor countries, as well as on the measurement of poverty in India and around the world.  His latest book is The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality – one of the Bloomberg/Businessweek Best Books of 2013 and one of Forbes Magazine’s Best Books of 2013 – which tells the remarkable story of how, starting 250 years ago, some parts of the world began to experience sustained progress, opening up gaps and setting the stage for today's hugely unequal world. He argues that international aid has been ineffective and even harmful and suggests alternative efforts – including reforming incentives to drug companies and lifting trade restrictions – that will allow the developing world to bring about its own Great Escape.

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