Economics in America: An Immigrant Economist Explores the Land of Inequality (Hardback)
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Economics in America: An Immigrant Economist Explores the Land of Inequality (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages
Published: 03/10/2023
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From the Nobel Prize–winning economist and New York Times bestselling coauthor of Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, candid reflections on the economist’s craft

When economist Angus Deaton immigrated to the United States from Britain in the early 1980s, he was awed by America’s strengths and shocked by the extraordinary gaps he witnessed between people. Economics in America explains in clear terms how the field of economics addresses the most pressing issues of our time—from poverty, retirement, and the minimum wage to the ravages of the nation’s uniquely disastrous health care system—and narrates Deaton’s account of his experiences as a naturalized US citizen and academic economist.

Deaton is witty and pulls no punches. In this incisive, candid, and funny book, he describes the everyday lives of working economists, recounting the triumphs as well as the disasters, and tells the inside story of the Nobel Prize in economics and the journey that led him to Stockholm to receive one. He discusses the ongoing tensions between economics and politics—and the extent to which economics has any content beyond the political prejudices of economists—and reflects on whether economists bear at least some responsibility for the growing despair and rising populism in America.

Blending rare personal insights with illuminating perspectives on the social challenges that confront us today, Deaton offers a disarmingly frank critique of his own profession while shining a light on his adopted country’s policy accomplishments and failures.

Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691247625
Number of pages: 280
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"A Financial Times Best Book of the Year: Economics"

"A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year"

"[An] excellent new book . . . exploring everything from inequality to deaths of despair to the failures of the field in which he won the Nobel prize. It's all leavened with sardonic humor."---Nicholas Kristof

"Deaton recounts his journey to understanding the political and economic dysfunctions of his adopted home. It's sort of like Alexis De Tocqueville's classic Democracy in America, but with more numbers, more economics, and more vitriol. . . . Rare for an economist, Deaton offers a lucid and unsparing critique of America's political system."---Greg Rosalsky, NPR’s Planet Money

"Inviting and readable."---Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

"Highly enjoyable. . . . Deaton emerges from the book as a decent human being who wants to make the world a better place."---Martin Wolf, Financial Times

"Deaton’s prose is lucid and tartly down-to-earth (the U.S. government works 'to help rich predators make ordinary people poorer,' he writes), and he makes a convincing case that 'economics should be about understanding the reasons for and doing away with the sordidness and joylessness that come with poverty and deprivation.' The result is a refreshing take on America’s economic discontents." - Publishers Weekly

"This brilliant economics study will likely engage general readers and hold their attention to the end." - Library Journal (Starred review)

"The book is informative, given the wide range of subjects; compelling, given Deaton’s obvious authority and rich experience; and, given his flair for writing, enjoyable."---Vivek Arora, Finance & Development

"The degree to which orthodox economics is complicit in this unequal, greed-ridden house of cards is honestly faced by Angus Deaton, one of the profession’s giants, in Economics in America. A powerful mea culpa, it is also a milestone in restoring the profession to the family of human sciences."---Paul Collier, Times Literary Supplement

"Completely fascinating. . . . The book is a great read, thoughtfully and well written."---Bridget Rosewell, Society of Professional Economists ​​​​​​​

"It is a good read. . . .Deaton also knows how to entertain while informing and there are some fascinating insights and anecdotes concerning some of the economists he most respects, from James Meade to Anthony Atkinson."---Paul Fisher, Financial World

"I really enjoyed reading Angus Deaton’s Economics in America. . . .The book would be an ideal read for students, or just people who want to understand better the economic mess we’re in – we, and particularly the US. . . .This is a great read. Highly recommended."---Diane Coyle, The Enlightened Economist

"Economics in America is a beautiful read, easily done in an afternoon, and one that will stay in the mind much, much longer."---Robert A. Margo, EH.net

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