Popular Writings

Britain can inoculate itself against America's opioid scourge, Financial Times (July 25, 2017 - access may be restricted)
Without governments, would countries have more inequality, or less?, The Economist (July 13, 2017)
Getting Past the Globalization Bogeyman, Project Syndicate (January 16, 2017)
Nobel Autobiography, (February 2016) - this autobiography will appear on the Nobel Prize website in due course
Rethinking Robin Hood, Project Syndicate (June 13, 2016)
Suicide and happiness (with Anne Case) - VoxEU.org (July 18, 2015)
Comments on Singer's effective altruism - Boston Review (July 1, 2015) 
"Angus Deaton on Rwanda" - Health Minister of Rwanda's Letter to the Boston Review Editor, Boston Review (July 15, 2015)
Reply to Dr. Agnes Binagwaho - Boston Review (July 16, 2015)
Lady Mary Crawley, meet Dr. Steven Corwin - Book Review - America's Bitter Pill by Steven Brill (The Lancet, vol. 385, no. 9982, pp. 2035-2036, May 2015)
Using happiness data in policy making, OECD INSIGHTS - Debate the Issues (September 18, 2014)
Squaring the poverty circle
, I4I (Ideas for India for more evidence-based policy) (July 30, 2014)
Squaring the poverty circle, THE HINDU (July 25, 2014)
New price adjustments reshape the world, yet again with Bettina Aten, VoxEU.org (July 16, 2014)
Inevitable inequality?, SCIENCE, vol. 344, no. 6186 (May 2014)
What good are children? with Arthur Stone,  VoxEU (March 4, 2014)
American hubris, African nemsis (Review of Nina Munk's The Idealist)
, The Lancet, vol,. 383, pp. 297-298 (January 25, 2014)
Puzzles and paradoxes: a life in applied economics, in Michael Szenberg and Lall Ramrattan (eds.) Eminent Economists II, Chapter 6, pp. 84-101, Cambrige: Cambridge University Press (2014)
On weights and coding errors: odd coincidence or dress rehearsal? (October 2013)
What's going on in India?, The Lancet, vol. 382, pp. 1015-1016 (September 2013)
Through the darkness to a brighter future, Chapter 2 in Ignacio Palacio-Huerta's in 100 years, pp. 37-48, MIT Press (2013)
What's wrong with inequality?, The Lancet, vol. 381, pp. 363 (2013)
In pursuit of happiness, The Lancet, vol. 376, pp. 1729 (2010)
Are economists human?, The Lancet, vol. 374, pp. 320 (2009)
The World Development Report at Thirty: A Birthday Tribute or a Funeral Elegy?, in S. Yusuf (ed.) Development economics through the decades, pp. 105-114, Washington, DC: World Bank (2009) 
Maximum Prophet: Review of Common Wealth, by Jeff Sachs, and Reinventing Foreign Aid, by Bill Easterly, The Lancet, vol. 372, pp. 1535-1536 (2008)
Equity and population health, The Hastings Center Report, vol. 35, pp. 5-6 (Sept-Oct 2006)
An Evaluation of World Bank Research, 1998-2005, Washington, DC: World Bank (September 2006)
Evidence-based aid must not become the latest in a long string of development fads, The Boston Review, New Democracy Forum (July-Aug 2006)

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