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NIA grantee Angus Deaton wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics

Dr. Angus Deaton

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences has been awarded to National Institute on Aging grantee Angus Deaton, Ph.D., of Princeton University, N.J.

“The National Institute on Aging is proud to have supported Dr. Deaton’s work for more than 20 years,” said NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D. “His work has examined how circumstances including income inequality and early childhood nutrition influence health and subjective well-being across the life course in the United States and around the world.”

Deaton’s NIA funded research has focused on measuring poverty among the elderly in the US, the influence of income and inequality on health and mortality in high, middle, and low income countries, as well as the role of work in the decline of health at older ages. His more recent funded work focused on the measurement of subjective well-being, a self-reported quality of life measure. Dr. Deaton has examined the impact of the financial crisis on well-being in the United States as well as how subjective measures of wellbeing vary across people in different societal groups and in different countries. His funded research has been published in high-profile medical and economics journals such as PNAS, Lancet and the American Economic Review.

Deaton has also received support from the Fogarty International Center at NIH.

NIA congratulates Dr. Deaton on his outstanding contributions to health science.