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Princeton professor to deliver David Kinley Lecture in Economics

Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor
217-333-0568; jdennis@illinois.edu

Released 9/17/2007

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A Princeton University professor who studies the global economy will be at the University of Illinois next month to talk about whether health and happiness could be rooted in prosperity.

Angus Deaton, a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton, will give the David Kinley Lecture in Economics at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the auditorium at Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, 611 E. Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign.

Deaton will present his analysis of the Gallup Organization’s 2006 World Poll, a survey that measured health and income in 132 nations to evaluate public policy and monitor economic development around the world.

His study examines whether policymakers should adopt a broader view, including  whether health and happiness could be linked to economic development and whether people value health or prosperity most as they rate their satisfaction in life.

The author of four books, Deaton is a longtime consultant for the World Bank and has served on National Academy panels dealing with poverty and family assistance, price and cost of living indexes and racial and ethnic health issues.

The lecture, sponsored by the department of economics, is free and open to the public.