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Angus Deaton's Mug ShotDwight 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,USA

Current research focuses: Happiness, well-being, and economic development, inequality and health in the world
His current research includes analysis of national and international patterns of well-being. Professor Deaton is one of the investigators at the Princeton Center for Research on Experience and Well-Being where researchers are developing new methods to measure well-being in order to understand and document the experience of aging in the United States and other countries.


Professional Profile: Angus Deaton is Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University.
He is the author of five books and many papers in professional journals. He is a leading researcher on happiness and on what and what does not make us happy. He writes on health, especially global health, as well as on foreign aid and its effects on economic development. He has been a longtime advisor to govern­ments and to international agencies on poverty, inequality, and well-being. He is a Senior Scientist with the Gallup Organization and works with them on well-being around the world. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was President of the American Economic Association in 2009. He holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Rome, London, St Andrews, Edinburgh, and Cyprus and is an honorary fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
In 2012, his life’s work was recognized by his selection as the recipient of the fourth BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the category of Economics, Finance, and Manage­ment. He is an American and British citizen.



Academic Profile:
  • B.A. 1967,  Cambridge, UK
  • M.A. 1971, Cambridge, UK
  • Ph.D. 1974, Cambridge, UK



Selected Works: 
2011 and forthcoming
  • “The financial crisis and the well-being of America,” Hicks Lecture, Oxford, Oxford Economic Papers advanced online version, November 2011, paper publication, January 2012
  • “Aging, religion, and health,” in David A. Wise, ed., Explorations in the economics of aging, Chicago University Press for National Bureau of Economic Research, 2011, 237–62
  • “Purchasing power parity exchange rates for the global poor, with Olivier Dupriez, American Economic Journal Applied, 3:2. 137–66, 2011
  • “Measuring development: different data, different conclusions?” in Measure for measure: how well do we measure development? Atti dell' VIII AFD-EUDN Conference, Parigi, 2011
  • “Social psychology coaches Methuselah,” Health Affairs, 30(9), 1804−5, 2011
  • “Puzzles and paradoxes: a life in applied economics,” in Michael Szenberg and Lall Ramrattan, eds., Eminent Economists II, Cambridge University Press, in uscita, 2012
  • “Reshaping the world: the 2005 round of the International Comparison Program,” in Prasada Rao and Fred Vogel, eds., Measuring the size of the world economy: the framework, methodology, and results from the International Comparison Program, Washington, DC. World Bank, in uscita
  • “What does the empirical evidence tell us about the injustice of health inequalities?” forthcoming, edited volume from Oxford University Press
  • The great escape: how the world got better, and what to do about those who got left behind, in preparazione per la Princeton University Press

  • “The World Development Report at 30. A birthday tribute or a funeral elegy,” in Shahid Yusuf, ed., Development Economics through the decades, Washington, DC. The World Bank, pp. 105–14, 2009
  • “Food and nutrition in India: facts and interpretations,” con Jean Drѐze, Economic and Political Weekly, 44:7, 42–65, 2009
  • “Income inequality and mortality in US cities: weighing the evidence,” (con Darren Lubotsky), Social Science and Medicine, 68, 1914–17, 2009
  • “Life at the top: the benefits of height,” con Raksha Arora, Economics and Human Biology, 7:2, 133–6, 2009
  • “Are economists human?” The Lancet, 374, Nov. 7, 2009
  • “Instruments of development: randomization in the tropics and the search for the elusive keys to development,” Keynes Lecture, British Academy, London, October 7th, 2008, Proceedings of the British Academy 2008 Lectures, 162, Oxford University Press, 2009, 123–160

  • “Measuring poverty,” Chapter 1 in Abhijit Banerjee, Roland Benabou e Dilip Mookherjee, eds., Understanding Poverty, Oxford University Press, 2006. 3−16
  • “An evaluation of World Bank Research, 1998–2005”, with Abhijit Banerjee, Nora Lustig, and Kenneth Rogoff, sottoposta alla World Bank per la pubblicazione, Dic. 2006
  • “Equity and population health,” The Hastings Center Report, Sep–Oct 2006, 5–6

  • “Franco Modigliani and the life-cycle theory of consumption,” Banco Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review (versione italiana in Moneta e Credito), giugno-settembre 2005, 58 (233-234), 91−107