We were honored to host Angus Deaton in October 2013 for a lecture on his brand new book. A standing-only crowd piled in to hear Deaton, Professor of International Affairs and Economics at Princeton, discuss humanity’s “Great Escape” from poverty as well as the troubling health and income inequalities that still persist.
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The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality
Featuring author Angus Deaton
Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School and the Economics Department at Princeton
With an introduction from William Easterly
Professor of Economics at New York University and Co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute
**PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE: Silverstein/Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center, 32 Waverly Place, NY**
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 5pm-7:30pm
5pm-6pm: Wine and cheese reception| 6pm-7pm: Talk and Q&A with Angus Deaton| 7pm-7:30pm: Book signing
The world is a better place than it used to be. People are wealthier and healthier, and live longer lives. Yet the escapes from destitution by so many have left gaping inequalities between people and between nations. In The Great Escape, Angus Deaton–one of the foremost experts on economic development and on poverty–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.
“This is a must-read for anybody interested in the wealth and health of nations.”–Daron Acemoglu, coauthor of Why Nations Fail
Deaton describes vast innovations and wrenching setbacks: the successes of antibiotics, pest control, vaccinations, and clean water on the one hand, and disastrous famines and the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the other. He also considers how economic growth in India and China has improved the lives of more than a billion people. Deaton argues that international aid has been ineffective and even harmful. He 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.