With the announcement that Angus S. Deaton was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics his most recent book, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality, is moving to the top of my nonfiction “to read” list. I may be the business & economics librarian, but I’m not a wonky numbers cruncher eager to dive into econometric literature, so don’t be deterred. The Great Escape is written for Villanovans interested in veritas and caritas, but who are not necessarily academic economists. The book explores the relationship between economic growth and health or wellbeing. It is written from a soaring historical perspective, with a foundation in sound data. You can borrow a print or ebook copy from the library or alternately you can listen to Deaton’s summary of the Great Escape in his own words. To learn more about Angus Deaton’s scholarly and popular work check out his website.
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