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Getting Prices Right: the mysteries of the index

Centre for Economic Performance Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures

Date: Wednesday 10 December 2014 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Angus Deaton

In lectures across three consecutive evenings (9 December, 10 December and 11 December) leading development economist Professor Deaton will discuss his work on health and poverty.

Global poverty has been falling rapidly, even as income inequality has been inexorably rising in most of the world. Perhaps paradoxically, global income inequality has been falling. Or has it? Many claim not. Angus Deaton will discuss recent trends in poverty and inequality, nationally and internationally, and will ask why recent growth has brought such meagre reductions in poverty. He will also argue that measurement depends, not only on theory, but also on politics, and explain why and how the politics of poverty is so often disguised as science.  The lectures will ask how we know what we know about poverty and inequality, discuss the many unresolved difficulties of measurement, and make proposals for improvement. 

Angus Deaton is Dwight D Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University.

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Slides for the event are available to download here: Getting Prices Right: the mysteries of the index

For a collated set of slides relating to all three Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures by Angus Deaton, please download: Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures

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