361 Wallace Hall Princeton, NJ 08544 Phone: 609.258.5967 Fax: 609.258.5974 Email: deaton@princeton.edu
I am 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. My main current research areas are in health, wellbeing, and economic development.

I hold both American and British citizenship. In Britain I taught at Cambridge University and the University of Bristol. I am a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the Econometric Society and, in 1978, was the first recipient of the Society's Frisch Medal. I was President of the American Economic Association in 2009. In 2012 I was awarded the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award. In April 2014 I was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society.

My 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. I also maintain a long-standing interest in the analysis of household surveys. To view information about my research on India and world poverty, health, or household surveys, click each corresponding link.

To view my working papers and publications and my letters published every six months in the Royal Economic Society Newsletter, click each corresponding link.


The Great Escape THE GREAT ESCAPE: health, wealth and the origins of inequality - Angus Deaton's new book published September 22, 2013 - click here to order at Amazon

For more information from Princeton University Press, and to read the Introduction, click here

Advance Comments on the Book:

"At once engaging and compassionate, this is an uplifting story by a major scholar." - Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion

"There is nobody better than Angus Deaton to explain why our lives are longer, healthier, and more prosperous than those of our great-grandparents. The story he tells is much more than an inexorable march of progress-it has also been unequal, uneven, and incomplete, and at each step, politics has played a defining role. This is a must-read for anybody interested in the wealth and health of nations." - Daron Acemoglu, coauthor of Why Nations Fail

"The Great Escape
tells the two biggest stories in history: how humanity got healthy and wealthy, and why some people got so much healthier and wealthier than others. Angus Deaton, one of the world's leading development economists, takes us on an extraordinary journey-from an age when almost everyone was poor and sick to one where most people have escaped these evils-and he tells us how the billion still trapped in extreme poverty can join in this great escape." - Ian Morris, author of Why the West Rules--for Now

"Deaton's account of global advances in health is magisterial. It is especially convincing in disentangling economic progress from technological growth as sources of health improvements. A very big story, this book should affect the way we think about human development and the role of science and science-based government programs. The language is modest and graceful, the use of evidence compelling, and the illustrations highly attractive." - Samuel Preston, University of Pennsylvania

"Magisterial and superb" - William Easterly, author of The White Man's Burden

"This factual, sober, and very timely book deals with issues surrounding the higher incomes and longer lives enjoyed by an increasing proportion of the world's population. It assesses improvements in conditions that would have seemed almost a fantasy for people living only a few generations ago. Deaton's arguments, written in an elegant and accessible style, are powerful and challenge conventional opinions." - Branko Milanovic, author of The Haves and Have-Nots

"This splendid book discusses how, in the last two hundred fifty years, 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. Unique in its focus and scope, exceptional knowledge and coherence, and careful argumentation, The Great Escape is highly illuminating and a delight to read" - Thomas Pogge, Yale University

Post-Publication Reviews:

A Surprising Case Against Foreign Aid - New York Times

Reading List that Mixes Low Deeds and High Hopes - Financial Times

Inequality, the byproduct of progress - The Globe and Mail

Humanity's great escape from misery - Ottawa Citizen

The Miracle of Growth and 'The Great Escape' - Bloomberg View

Economic Inequality: In Sickness and in Health - The Economist

Progress and inequality - Business Standard

Angus Deaton elected to American Philosophical Society

Weak States, Poor Countries: Angus Deaton writes for Project Syndicate (September 24, 2013)

The Wall Street Journal and Forbes report on "Grandpa and the snapper: the wellbeing of the elderly who live with children" the latest paper by Angus Deaon and Arthur Stone

Deaton Receives Prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Deaton awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in Social Science from the University of Edinburgh

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Angus Deaton and Daniel Kahneman publish study on income and emotional wellbeing

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To read the paper, click here.

Angus Deaton named Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

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Deaton's new paper on health, happiness and wealth is highlighted
in The Economist

Evaluation of World Bank Research over the last decade. Report by a panel consisting of Angus Deaton (Chair), Kenneth Rogoff (Harvard University), Abhijit Banerjee (M.I.T.), and Nora Lustig, (UNDP). To view the full report, together with detailed evaluations by 24 evaluators, click here.