Optimism is a moral duty – Sir Angus Deaton and Wouter Koolmees (Article)

Optimism is a moral duty – Sir Angus Deaton and Wouter Koolmees (Article)

In memory of Jan Tinbergen, KVS published a conversation between Sir Angus Deaton and Wouter Koolmees, moderated and edited by Esther-Mirjam Sent and Jasper Lukkezen.

It is in the spirit of Jan Tinbergen that Sir Angus Deaton and Wouter Koolmees inspire one another. When Wouter Koolmees says that “optimism is a moral duty,” Sir Angus Deaton takes out his note book to write it down: “I hope to use that quote. I love it.” Upon which Koolmees explains that he is quoting Immanuel Kant, so that it is full circle, from academia to policy making.

The conversation can be read here. The conversation is part of the KVS preadviezen bundle.