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Deaton receives Honorary Degree from University of Cambridge
Photo by Nick Safell, University of Cambridge

Angus Deaton receives an honorary doctor of letters (Litt. D.) degree from the University of Cambridge, his alma mater. His fellow honorees, receiving doctorates from the Congregation for Honorary Degrees on June 19, 2019, included the ethologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, the novelist Marilynne Robinson, the social justice campaigner Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, and the conductor Sir Mark Elder.

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Angus Deaton and Anne Case have been named to Prospect Magazine's 2019 list of "World's Top 50 Thinkers". Case and Deaton jointly received this award for their work in U.S. mortality data. Case and Deaton’s landmark 2015 study was the first to detect the rise in mortality rates from “deaths of despair” — drugs, alcohol and suicide — among middle-aged white Americans.

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Angus Deaton has been named one of 38 “Great Immigrants” by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The honorees are naturalized U.S. citizens from 35 countries of origin who are being celebrated for their wide-ranging contributions to American society. (June 27, 2019)

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Sir Angus Deaton Knighting Ceremony


Sir Angus Deaton receives knighthood in ceremony at Buckingham Palace December 6, 2016

Angus Deaton has been named a Knight Bachelor “for his services to research in economics and international affairs.” The honor entitles him to be known as Sir Angus, or Sir Angus Deaton, and was announced as part of the Queen’s official birthday honours list.

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Angus Deaton has been named recipient of the 2017 Franklin Founder Award by the organization named "Celebration! of Benjamin Franklin, Founder." He will share the award with Anne Case; the two will be honored January 13, 2017 in Philadelphia as part of an annual event that celebrates the birthday of Benjamin Franklin. The theme of the 2017 event is “Healthy, Wealthy and Wise? Increasing Prosperity and Rising Inequality."

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Angus Deaton named a member of POLITICO Magazine's 2016 POLITICO 50 list of thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016. Also available on the Media page, from POLITICO Magazine's September/October 2016 issue: "What's Going on With America's White People?" in which Deaton and other POLITICO 50 members discuss the question: Do poor white Americans suddenly feel more disgruntled than ever, or are the rest of us just now paying attention?

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Curriculum Vitae

I am a Senior Scholar and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University. My main current research areas are in poverty, inequality, health, wellbeing, economic development, and randomized controlled trials.

I hold both American and British citizenship. In Britain I taught at Cambridge University and the University of Bristol. I am a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Econometric Society and, in 1978, was the first recipient of the Society's Frisch Medal. I was President of the American Economic Association in 2009. In 2012 I was awarded the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award. In April 2014 I was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society. I was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences on April 28, 2015.  I am the recipient of the 2015 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. In 2016, I was made a Knight Bachelor for my services to economics and international affairs.

My current research focuses on the determinants of health in rich and poor countries, as well as on the measurement of poverty and inequality in the US, India and around the world. I also maintain a long-standing interest in the analysis of household surveys. I am also interested in what randomized controlled trials can and cannot do. To view information about my research on India and world poverty, health, or household surveys, click each corresponding link.

To view my working papers and publications and my letters published every six months in the Royal Economic Society Newsletter, click each corresponding link.