On Oct. 12, 2015, Angus Deaton, professor of economics at Princeton University, won the Nobel Prize.
Deaton’s contribution focused on understanding how innovation and development affect the well-being of the world’s poor. He is a strong advocate for rethinking the way in which we think about foreign aid and how to make it effective.
The question of how best to help the poor is a hot topic. For one take on the challenges of facing the poor, watch this trailer to a documentary called Poverty Inc.:
- After watching the trailer (the entire film streams on Netflix), what preconceptions do you have about foreign aid?
- How can we begin to think more critically about being sure we are “doing no harm” when trying to help the poor?
- Are there lessons for America’s domestic anti-poverty programs?
12, Oct. 2015, Angus Deaton winning the Noble Prize [Digital photograph]. Retrieved from <nobelprize.org>.