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THE SOCIAL EDGE INTERVIEW: AUTHOR AVNER OFFER

by Gerry McCarthy

Avner Offer is Chichele professor of Economic History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy.
     Prior to his academic career, Offer spent 8 years working as a soldier, farmer, and conservation worker in Israel, where he was born and raised. He has been a research fellow at Merton College, Oxford, Cambridge, Clare Hall, the University of Southampton, Rutgers University, the Australian National University, and New York University.
     Offer is the author of numerous books, including In Pursuit of the Quality of Life (1996). The subject he’s currently working on is "From Social Democracy to Market Liberalism." His most recent book The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control and Well-Being in the United States and Britain since 1950 was published recently by Oxford University Press. I reached him in Oxford, England to speak about the book.

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