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The Great Escape

NYU Development Research Institute

Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

The Great Escape

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NYU DRI invites you to a book launch event: The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

Featuring author Angus Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School and the Economics Department at Princeton

With an introduction from William Easterly, Professor of Economics at New York University and Co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute

**PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE: Silverstein/Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center, 32 Waverly Place, NY**

5-6pm: Wine & Cheese Reception
6-7pm: Lecture and Q&A
7-7:30pm: Book Signing
The world is a better place than it used to be. People are wealthier and healthier, and live longer lives. Yet the escapes from destitution by so many have left gaping inequalities between people and between nations. In The Great Escape, Angus Deaton--one of the foremost experts on economic development and on poverty--tells the remarkable story of how, starting 250 years ago, some parts of the world began to experience sustained progress, opening up gaps and setting the stage for today's hugely unequal world.

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"This is a must-read for anybody interested in the wealth and health of nations."--Daron Acemoglu, coauthor of Why Nations Fail

Deaton describes vast innovations and wrenching setbacks: the successes of antibiotics, pest control, vaccinations, and clean water on the one hand, and disastrous famines and the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the other. He also considers how economic growth in India and China has improved the lives of more than a billion people. Deaton argues that international aid has been ineffective and even harmful. He suggests alternative efforts--including reforming incentives to drug companies and lifting trade restrictions--that will allow the developing world to bring about its own Great Escape.
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NYU Development Research Institute
32 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003

Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

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NYU Development Research Institute

Founded in 2006, the Development Research Institute is devoted to rigorous, scholarly research on the economic development and growth of poor countries. DRI is an independent and non-partisan organization led by NYU Professors William Easterly and Yaw Nyarko, and is home to a growing team of researchers and students.

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