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Collection Overview

Angus Deaton Papers
Public Policy Papers
Permanent URL:
1978-2016 (mostly 1983-2000)
4 linear feet, (4 boxes), and 471 MB
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-4


Angus Deaton, born 1945 in Edinburgh, Scotland, is an economist and academic. This collection features records from Deaton's tenure at the Princeton University Department of Economics with the bulk of records from 1983-2000.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

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.

Collection Creator Biography:

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.


Collection History


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


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

Processing Information

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.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Angus Deaton Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-4