Sir Angus Deaton

Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs, Emeritus
Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Emeritus
Senior Scholar
127 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building

Ph.D. Economics
Cambridge University, 1974


Sir Angus Deaton's main current research areas are in poverty, inequality, health, wellbeing, economic development, and randomized controlled trials.

Selected Publications

Case, A., Deaton, A., & Stone, A. A. (2020). Decoding the mystery of American pain reveals a warning for the future. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117(40), 24785. doi:

Deaton, A. (2020). Randomization in the tropics revisited: A theme and eleven variations. In F. Bedecarrats, I. Guerin & R. Roubaud (Eds.), Randomized controlled trials in the field of development: A critical perspective (). Oxford: University Press.
Book Chapter

Deaton, D., & Case, A. (2020). Deaths of despair and the future of capitalism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Deaton, A. (2019). Randomization in the tropics revisited: A theme in variations. The India Forum, doi:

Deaton, A. (2018). What do self-reports of wellbeing say about life-cycle theory and policy? Journal of Public Economics, 162, 18.

Deaton, A., & Cartwright, N. (2018). Understanding and misunderstanding randomized controlled trials
. Social Science & Medicine, 210, 2.

Deaton, A., & Cartwright, N. (2018). Reflections on randomized control trials. Social Science & Medicine, 210, 86.
PMID: 29731150

Stone, A. A., Schneider, S., Krueger, A., Schwartz, J. E., & Deaton, A. (2018). Experiential wellbeing data from the American time use survey: Comparisons with other methods and analytic illustrations with age and income. Social Indicators Research, 136(1), 359.

Case, Anne, and Angus Deaton. (2017). Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2017, 397-476.

Deaton, A. (2017). Where in the world is the world heading? Journal of Policy Modeling, 39(4), 603-607.

Deaton, A., & Case, A. (2017). Suicide, age, and wellbeing: An empirical investigation. Insights in the economics of aging (Wise, D. ed., pp. 307). Chicago, IL: Chicago University Press for NBER.
Book Chapter

Aghion, P., Akcigit, U., Deaton, A., and Roulet A. (2016). Creative destruction and subjective well-being. The American Economic Review, 106(12), 3869-3897.

Case, Anne, and Angus Deaton. (2016). Reply to schmid, snyder, and gelman and auerbach: Correlates of the increase in white non-Hispanic midlife mortality in the 21st century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(7), E818-819.

Deaton, A. (2016). The threat of inequality. Scientific American, 315(3), 48. doi:doi: 10.1038/scientificamerican0916-48
PMID: 27924877

Deaton, A. (2016). On death and money: History, facts, and explanations. Journal of the American Medical Association, 26(315), 16. doi:doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.4072
PMID: 27063421

Deaton, A. (2016). Measuring and understanding behavior, welfare, and poverty. American Economic Review, 106(6), 1221. doi:DOI: 10.1257/aer.106.6.1221

Deaton, A., and Stone, A. (2016). Understanding context effects for a measure of life evaluation: How responses matter. Oxford Economic Papers, 68(4), 861-870.

Case, A., & Deaton, A. (2015). Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112(49), 15078-15083.

Deaton, A. and Tortora, R. (2015). People in sub-Saharan Africa rate their health and health care among lowest in world. Health Affairs (Project Hope), 34(3), 519-527.

Steptoe, A., Deaton, A., & Stone, A. (2015). Subjective wellbeing, health, and ageing. Lancet (London, England), 385(9968), 640-648.

Deaton, A. (2014). Inevitable inequality? . Science, 344(6186), 783. doi:doi: 10.1126/science.1255661
PMID: 24855227

Deaton, A., & Stone, A. A. (2014). Evaluative and hedonic wellbeing among those with and without children at home. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(4), 1328-1333.

Deaton A, S. A. (2013). Two happiness puzzles. American Economic Review, 103(3), 591-597.

Fine, P., Victora, C. G., Rothman, K. J., Moore, P. S., Chang, Y., Curtis, V., Heymann, D. L., Slutkin, G., May, R. M., Patel, V., Roberts, I., Wortley, R., Torgerson, C., & Deaton, A. (2013). John snow's legacy: Epidemiology without borders. Lancet (London, England), 381(9874), 1302-1311.

Deaton, A. (2012). The financial crisis and the well-being of Americans. Oxford Economic Papers, 64(1), 1-26.

Kahneman, D., & Deaton, A. (2010). High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(38), 16489-16493.

Stone, A. A., Schwartz, J. E., Broderick, J. E., Deaton, A. (2010). A snapshot of the age distribution of psychological well-being in the united states. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(22), 9985-9990.

Bozzoli C, Deaton A, Quintana-Domeque C. (2009). Adult height and childhood disease. Demography, 46(4), 647-669.

Deaton, A., & Arora, R. (2009). Life at the top: The benefits of height. Economics of Human Biology, 7(2), 133-136.

Deaton, A., & Lubotsky, D. (2009). Income inequality and mortality in U.S. cities: Weighing the evidence. A response to ash. Social Science & Medicine, 68(11), 1914. doi:doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.02.039
PMID: 19345462

Deaton, A. (2008). Height, health, and inequality: The distribution of adult heights in india. The American Economic Review, 98(2), 468-474.

Deaton, A. (2008). Income, health, and well-being around the world: Evidence from the Gallup world poll. The Journal of Economic Perspectives, 22(2), 53-72.

Deaton, A. (2007). Height, health, and development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104(33), 13232-13237.

Deaton, A. (2006). Equity and population health. Hastings Center Report, 36(5)
PMID: 17091687

Banerjee A, Deaton A, Duflo E. (2004). HEALTH, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Wealth, health, and health services in rural rajasthan. The American Economic Review, 94(2), 326-330.

Deaton, A., & Lubotsky, D. (2003). Mortality, inequality and race in American cities and states. Social Science & Medicine, 56(6), 1139. doi:doi: 10.1016/s0277-9536(02)00115-6
PMID: 12600354

Deaton, A. (2002). Policy implications of the gradient of health and wealth. Health Affairs, 21(2), 13. doi:doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.21.2.13
PMID: 11900153

Deaton, A. (2002). Commentary: The convoluted story of international studies of inequality and health. International Journal of Epidemiology, 31(3), 546. doi:doi: 10.1093/ije/31.3.546
PMID: 12055149

Case, A., & Deaton, A.Health and wealth among the poor: India and South Africa compared. doi:doi: 10.1257/000282805774670310
PMID: 29120590