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Deaton to head American Economic Association

Angus Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and professor of economics and international affairs, has been elected president-elect of the American Economic Association.

He will begin his two-year term in January, serving as president-elect for a year and then president. He will succeed Avinash Dixit, Princeton's John J.F. Sherrerd '52 University Professor of Economics.

The American Economic Association, which was organized in 1885, includes approximately 22,000 economists and 5,500 institutions. It publishes key journals of the discipline, including The American Economic Review and The Journal of Economic Perspectives. The organization encourages and promotes economic research, especially the historical and statistical study of the actual conditions of industrial life, and freedom of economic discussion.

Deaton has a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Economics. His research interests are in health, economic development and the analysis of household behavior, especially at the microeconomic level. His current work 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.

He is a corresponding fellow of the British Academy and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also is a fellow of the Econometric Society and, in 1978, was the first recipient of the society's Frisch Medal.

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