The world is a better place than it ever has been with improvements in child mortality, life expectancy, and education. Yet the gap between the haves and the have nots continues widening unabated. In The Great Escape (Princeton Univ. Press, 2013), Angus Deaton, a foremost expert in economic development and poverty and 2015 Economics Nobel Laureate, tells the story of sustained global macroeconomic
progress and explores microeconomic tragedies (e.g., Afghanistan, Soviet Union, and new trends in the US). He discusses how inequality is often a consequence of progress and how inequalities, in turn, affect progress. Study group participants will act as discussion leaders, reading parts of chapters of their choice supplemented with readings and videos on Canvas. Using data from reliable sources, we will discuss the historical and ongoing patterns behind the health and wealth of nations, and what needs to be done to help those left behind. Understanding these concepts will make you a more informed individual, changing the way you see the world and empower you to better respond to today’s issues and opportunities.