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.