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Deaton Awarded Honorary Degree from University of Edinburgh

Jul 11, 2011

Angus Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, was recently awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in Social Science from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

At the June 30, 2011, Laureation Address prior to the honorary degree being conferred on Professor Deaton, Dr. Simon Clark, noted that “Professor Angus Deaton, through his research on household behavior, on the measurement and analysis of poverty, and on inequalities in health and well-being, particularly in developing countries, shows us that Economics can not only help us understand the world we live in but can also be used to improve it.”

Dr. Clark went on to say that “studies initiated by Deaton and his associates in the 1980s and 1990s provided a rigorous foundation for using survey data to analyse poverty relief programmes and have had a huge impact on their actual design in many developing countries.   In particular, his book, The Analysis of Household Surveys, and the work that it was based on, have been highly influential in this area of development policy.”

“Professor Deaton is without a doubt among the leading Scottish economists alive today.   His research has changed the way we think about consumer behavior, poverty, inequality, and economic development.   It is entirely appropriate that this university, in his home town, should recognise his outstanding economic achievements,” Clark added.

Deaton was born in Edinburgh and was a Scholar at Fettes College. He has taught at Cambridge University and at the University of Bristol, where he served as professor of econometrics. Since 1983 he has been a professor at Princeton.

Upon receiving his honorary degree, Professor Deaton humbly remarked, “all I really want to say is ‘thank you.’   It is an honor and a great pleasure for me to receive this honorary degree in my home city.”   He went on to note that “economics is thriving once again in this great university, which makes it doubly pleasurable to help celebrate with you here today.”  

Deaton’s main interests are in health and development and he is a leading researcher with the Wilson School’s Research Program in Development Studies and the Center for Health and Wellbeing . His current pursuits include research on poverty and inequality around the world, with a particular focus on India. He also works on the determinants of health, particularly the relationship between income and health, both domestically and internationally.   Deaton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, of the British Academy, and of the Econometric Society, and was the first recipient of the Society’s Frisch Medal for Applied Econometrics. He is a past president of the American Economic Association.