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Angus Deaton in Conversation with Amartya Sen, “Economics with a Moral Compass? Welfare Economics: Past, Present and Future”

November 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Program:

1:30pm – 2:00pm  Doors Open, Guest Arrival

2:00pm – 2:05pm  Welcome Remarks on Behalf of New York University
                                             By: Katherine E. Fleming, NYU Provost

2:05pm – 4:00pm  Angus Deaton in Conversation with Amartya Sen

4:00pm – 5:00pm  Networking Reception


 Sir Angus Deaton is Senior Scholar and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School where he taught for thirty years. He is also Presidential Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California. He is the author of five books including, most recently, The Great Escape: health, wealth, and the origins of inequality. His interests include health, development, poverty, inequality, and wellbeing. He has written extensively on happiness, on foreign aid, and on how we should collect evidence for good policy. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was President of the American Economic Association in 2009, and in 2015 he received the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel “for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare.” He was born in Edinburgh in Scotland and is a British and an American citizen; his BA, MA, and PhD are from Cambridge University. He was made a Knight Bachelor for his services to economics and international affairs in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List in 2016.

Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, at Harvard University and was until 2004 the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is also Senior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Earlier on he was Professor of Economics at Jadavpur University Calcutta, the Delhi School of Economics, and the London School of Economics, and Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University.

Amartya Sen has served as President of the Econometric Society, the American Economic Association, the Indian Economic Association, and the International Economic Association. His research has ranged over social choice theory, economic theory, ethics and political philosophy, welfare economics, theory of measurement, decision theory, development economics, public health, and gender studies. Amartya Sen’s books have been translated into more than thirty languages, and include Choice of Techniques (1960), Growth Economics (1970), Collective Choice and Social Welfare (1970), Choice, Welfare and Measurement (1982), Commodities and Capabilities (1987), The Standard of Living (1987), Development as Freedom (1999), Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny (2006), The Idea of Justice (2009), and (jointly with Jean Dreze) An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions (2013), and The Country of First Boys (2015).

Amartya Sen’s awards include Bharat Ratna (India); Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur (France); the National Humanities Medal (USA); Ordem do Merito Cientifico (Brazil); Honorary Companion of Honour (UK); Aztec Eagle (Mexico); Edinburgh Medal (UK); the George Marshall Award (USA); the Eisenhower Medal (USA); and the Nobel Prize in Economics.

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The Annual Review of Economics covers significant developments in the field of economics, including macroeconomics and money; microeconomics, including economic psychology; international economics; public finance; health economics; education; economic growth and technological change; economic development; social economics, including culture, institutions, social interaction, and networks; game theory, political economy, and social choice; and more.


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