Sir Angus Deaton

2015 Nobel Laureate and Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus, Princeton University

Sir Angus Deaton is Senior Scholar and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School where he taught for thirty years. He is also Presidential Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California. He is the author of five books including, most recently, The Great Escape: health, wealth, and the origins of inequality. His interests include health, development, poverty, inequality, and wellbeing. He has written extensively on happiness, on foreign aid, and on how we should collect evidence for good policy. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was President of the American Economic Association in 2009, and in 2015 he received the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel “for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare.” He was born in Edinburgh in Scotland and is a British and an American citizen; his BA, MA, and PhD are from Cambridge University. He was made a Knight Bachelor for his services to economics and international affairs in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List in 2016, and knighted by Prince William at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace in December 2016.