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The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

Friday, May 9, 2014, 2:00pm
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Lecture Room

Presenter: Angus Deaton, Princeton University
Discussants: David Johnson, Bureau of Economic Analysis and Samuel Preston, University of Pennsylvania
 
 
Angus Deaton will present some of the main themes of his book, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality. He will talk about how the world has become an immensely better place, as mortality has fallen and incomes have risen, but at the same time a more unequal place, because only some have escaped leaving others behind. He will also talk about inequality—its positive role in helping those left behind to catch up, and its negative role if the first escapees try to stop others from following. He will argue that aid flows from rich to poor countries often widen the very gaps they are nominally trying to close. He will also focus on the data underpinning his arguments, especially some of the unsolved issues in national and global statistics. These include the need to integrate inequality data from surveys with national accounts data, and the under-appreciated difficulties of calculating the price levels that are needed to make international comparisons. There are also great gaps in measures of mortality, especially in Africa; making up data is not a solution.

Recent Events

Workshop on Data and Research to Improve the U.S. Food Availability Data System and Estimates of Food Loss

April 8-9, 2014
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW

The workshop will evaluate data and estimation issues for the food availability system of estimates developed and regularly published by the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Agenda  |  Workshop Flyer


Guidelines for Returning Individual Results from Genomic Research Using Population-Based Banked Specimens: A Workshop

February 10-11, 2014
National Academy of Sciences
Lecture Room

Please visit the project page for more information.


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