The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and Inequality

OCT 15, 2014 | 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


C200: Proshansky Auditorium


October 15, 2014: 6:00 PM-7:30 PM


Free, Registration Required


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The health and wealth of nations go hand in hand. Over the past 250 years, affluent societies have made huge leaps forward in eradicating disease and increasing life spans, opening up enormous inequalities between rich and poor countries in both health and income. Angus Deaton’s  “illuminating and inspiring history” (New York Times) traces the dramatic increase in human prosperity, while proposing policy solutions to the widening gap between the poor and sick, and the rich and well. Deaton, a professor of economics at Princeton University and one of the world’s leading experts on economic development, will serve as the keynote speaker and discuss issues raised in his book, The Great Escape. Commentators will include Branko Milanovic, a senior scholar at the LIS Center and visiting presidential professor at the Graduate Center; and Richard Burkhauser, Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Policy Analysis at Cornell University; and Helen Epstein, a writer specializing in public health in Africa and a visiting professor of social studies at Bard College.
Co-sponsored by the Luxembourg Income Study Center.