Deaton's humanitarian credentials are unimpeachable, yet he thinks almost all non-health related foreign aid is making global poverty worse. He proposes a variety of alternatives, like massive investments in medical research and cracking down on the small arms trade, that might actually help. There are thought-provoking chapters on the history of health improvements and what has driven them; on material well-being in the US; and on the damage caused by aid to developing countries.
Deaton has dedicated many years to thinking about each of these issues, with a long list of academic papers to show for it. Here, he seems to step back and reflect on what he has learned, offering us a sage's wisdom. Deaton's book is a magisterial overview of health, income, and wealth from the industrial revolution to the present, taking in countries poor and rich. Not just jargon-free but equation-free, the book is written with a beautifully lucid style.
Deaton's seemingly inexhaustible knowledge of all things historical is bound to edify even the most erudite of readers. The Great Escape is an extended meditation on the sources and consequences of inequality.
Deaton tackles big topics--global improvements to health and well-being, worrisome levels of inequality within nations and between them, and the challenges to curing poverty through foreign aid. His powerful, provocative argument combines careful analysis, humane insight, lucid prose, and a fearless willingness to challenge conventional wisdom. Whether you agree or disagree with its conclusions, this book will force you to rethink your positions about some of the world's most urgent problems.
Eisgruber, president of Princeton University, Bloomberg Businessweek "The book deserves to be read by all, especially by the students of economic development.
Chapters illustrating demographic and economic trends utilize well-crafted charts and graphs to depict the rising paths that countries, first the US and western Europe and more recently China and India, have taken as their populations improve their health, education, and income-making abilities. Deaton's history of health and wealth offers a compelling narrative for both the general reader and academics alike. It raises a range of questions of why some countries falter, why others succeed and what can be done to close gaps between them.
Net "The Great Escape is a good place to start if you are looking to increase your own understanding of inequality as you attempt to add more light than heat to the debates. I found the book humbling, disquieting, and lacking in easy answers to complex questions--precisely why I also found it thoughtful and useful. Steven Barnett, Business Economics "Deaton's book ends up making a powerful contribution to economists' evolving understanding of the importance of institutions.
Weil, Journal of Economic Literature "In The Great Escape Angus Deaton has provided an insightful, thought-provoking and highly readable overview of the progress of human wellbeing.
There is much that both general and specialist audiences will learn from it--I recommend it highly. And he is a superb guide: erudite, lucid, humane, and witty. There is much that both general and specialist audiences will learn from it - I recommend it highly. Orland, Economic Record "Deaton takes the reader on a richly detailed tour through a landscape of historical narrative, science, data from across the world, and scholarly debate.
Deaton's book ends up making a powerful contribution to economists' evolving understanding of the importance of institutions. Weil, Journal of Economic Literature "Deaton's The Great Escape is an uplifting and refreshing read for all who are tired of the many books on economic gloom and environmental doom. In ways the book is a stirring tale of the long march since the Industrial Revolution out of generalized poverty to the much more prosperous world we know today, with close attention to the relationship between rising prosperity and generally improved health conditions.
Government could also increase the level at which people start to pay national insurance contributions. Evaluation: Helps people in lower-paid jobs but many of the relatively poor are not in work e. Lifting the income tax free allowance is also expensive - would it be made available to all? There are some powerful forces such as globalisation driving income and wealth inequality in many societies, to what extent can fiscal policy alone reverse these factors?
Strategies to increase employment in higher-skilled, emerging industries might be the most effective long term strategy?
High levels of government debt and common use of fiscal austerity may have made redistribution a lower priority for many governments. In-kind benefits, such as education spending and better quality of and access to health care can also affect the inequality of market incomes in the long run.
There are thought-provoking chapters on the history of health improvements and what has driven them; on material well-being in the US; and on the damage caused by aid to developing countries. Globalization frames industrial revolution and international trade. However, the united kingdom has some of the largest healthcare inequalities in all of the EU.
Deaton's history of health and wealth offers a compelling narrative for both the general reader and academics alike. The book's rich historical and geographical context adds to the power of this message. He proposes a variety of alternatives, like massive investments in medical research and cracking down on the small arms trade, that might actually help. Most Americans hope to find some way to make a living that they enjoy, something that they view as productive. Government could also increase the level at which people start to pay national insurance contributions.
Read our review of health inequalities policy Local actions Locally, public resources need to be allocated according to need so that they do not make inequalities worse, and may make a contribution towards their reduction. What are health inequalities? I found the book humbling, disquieting, and lacking in easy answers to complex questions--precisely why I also found it thoughtful and useful. It can be said the poor have shorter life expectancies and have greater risk for chronic illness such as heart attacks, cancer and diabetes. You can find out more about this in our inequality briefing.
The language is modest and graceful, the use of evidence compelling, and the illustrations highly attractive. In addition of politicians and other government members discussing this gargantuan issue, professors, journalists, and others have written about this topic to inform the populace about income inequality, and provided ways to fix the issue. Most Americans hope to find some way to make a living that they enjoy, something that they view as productive. Moberg argues that the U. Reinhardt, NYTimes. Refreshingly, Mr Deaton also reaches beyond a purely economic narrative to encompass often neglected dimensions of progress such as better health.