Professor Sir Angus Deaton

Deaths of Despair

Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism book jacket

From economist Anne Case and Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton, a groundbreaking account of how the flaws in capitalism are fatal for America's working class

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Angus Deaton gives the first Francis Wilson Memorial Lecture on poverty measurement at the University of Cape Town. (July, 2023)

Professor Sir Angus Deaton talks about “Economic Failure or Failure of Economics” at the 300th anniversary of Adam Smith’s birth at Glasgow University on June 8th, 2023.

Professor Sir Angus Deaton, Nobel Laureate, delivered the second Adam Smith Lecture entitled Technology, Inequality and Social Esteem', May 2021. In this high calibre lecture series the world’s best economic thinkers, practitioners and Nobel Laureates return to the birthplace of modern economics to deliver original keynote lectures of global relevance. (Panmure House)

Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy Week 2020: Welcome and keynote speech by Angus Deaton, July 2020 - The Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy is a global research network in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health to serve as a platform for learning and sharing. 

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.

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.

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)

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.

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."

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