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Angus Deaton Papers


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Angus Deaton, born 1945 in Edinburgh, Scotland, is an economist and academic. He was educated at Fettes College and the University of Cambridge. Deaton has been on the faculty of Princeton University as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs, and a Professor of Economics since 1983. Prior to his appointment at Princeton University, Deaton taught at the University of Bristol. Deaton is a recipient of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2015 for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare. As a professor, he taught graduate students courses on Empirical Modeling covering topics such as taxation, welfare, health inequities, life expectancies, and international aid.


This collection features records from Deaton's courses at the Princeton University Department of Economics with the bulk of records from 1983-2000. The coursework consists of syllabi, reading lists, midterms, final exams, problem sets, lecture notes, and transparencies. The courses discuss international economies, commodity price fluctuations, and the international impact of AIDS. Powerpoints, word documents, and pdfs related to coursework are available online.

The collection contains correspondence with professors and staff at other universities, and Angus Deaton and Guy Laroque's 1992 published text, "On Behavior of Commodity Prices." It also holds information on two panels: the Panel on Conceptual, Measurement and Other Statistical Issues in Developing Cost-of-Living Indexes, 1999 and 2000 and the Panel on Race, Ethnicity, and Health in Later Life March and September 2001. The collection includes copies of Angus Deaton and Serena Ng's paper Parametric and Nonparametric Approaches to Price and Tax Reform and Deaton's article Saving and Liquidity Constraints. Details of Deaton's Princeton appointment and course outlines inspired by his book Understanding Consumption are present in the collection. This collection does not have drafts of Understanding Consumption or notes regarding the writing of the book.

The collection was donated by Angus Deaton in 2022. The accession number associated with this donation is ML-2022-016.

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The collection was processed by Caitlin Abadir-Mullally in June 2023. Some materials were rehoused in archival folders. The collection is kept in original order.

Documents related to coursework were removed from the collection because they were out of scope.

Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Author
Caitlin Abadir-Mullally
Finding Aid Date
2023 June 1
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Collection Inventory

Panels, 1999-2001. 1 linear foot.
Physical Description

1 linear foot

Correspondence, 1983-2012. 1 linear foot.
Physical Description

1 linear foot

Course Materials, 1978-2016 (1984-1986).
Scope and Contents

This series contains syllabi, reading lists, midterms, final exams, problem sets, lecture notes, and powerpoints. Digital materials range from 1992 to 2015 and may require specific software to open.

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