"Deaton, a respected professor of economics at Princeton, does not stint on describing the world’s problems, be they income inequality in rich countries, health problems in China and the United States or H.I.V. in Africa. Large sections of the book revolve around such troubles and potential solutions. Yet Deaton’s central message is deeply positive, almost gloriously so. By the most meaningful measures — how long we live, how healthy and happy we are, how much we know — life has never been better. Just as important, it is continuing to improve."
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
A Cockeyed Optimist
David Leonhard reviews The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality, by Angus Deaton, at The New York Times.