“The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality” by Angus Deaton (Princeton University Press, September 2013)
Nearly 250 years ago, the world began experiencing sustained progress. Since then, health and living standards have transformed our lives making the world a much better place than it used to be. But escapes from destitution have left gaping inequalities between people and between nations. How can those left behind be helped?
In “The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality,” Angus Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns behind the health and wealth of nations, describing the vast innovations and wrenching setbacks that have changed the lives of millions. Deaton examines the United States, India and China — countries that, at one time or another, have prospered — and how such progress has impacted economic growth.
Bloomberg News says the book “combines, to a rare degree, technical sophistication, moral urgency, the wisdom of experience, and an engaging and accessible style. It will deepen both your appreciation of the miracle of modern economic growth and your conviction that the benefits can and should be much more widely enjoyed.” (Full Text)