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Prof. Angus Stewart Deaton


1945 -

Microeconomist. Born in Edinburgh and educated at Fettes College there and at Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge, Deaton took a research post in the Department of Applied Economics at Cambridge before being appointed Professor of Econometrics at the University of Bristol in 1976. In 1983, he moved to Princeton University in New Jersey occupying the Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of International Affairs and Professor of Economics at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Deaton has written hundreds of papers for academic journals but is best known for his work on health, wellbeing, and economic development, publishing the notable work The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality in 2013.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Amongst his honorary degrees are a D.Litt. from the University of St. Andrews (2008) and a D.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh (2011). Deaton won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2015 for his contributions to the understanding of links between consumption, poverty and welfare, and the implications for national economies.


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