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Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism - Anne Case, Ph.D., Angus Deaton, Ph.D., and David Leonhardt
Life expectancy in the United States has recently fallen for several years in a row—a reversal not seen since 1918 or in any other wealthy nation in modern times. In the past two decades, “deaths of despair” from suicide, drug overdose, and alcoholism have risen dramatically, and now claim hundreds of thousands of American lives each year—and they’re still rising. Princeton economists Anne Case, Ph.D. and Nobel Prize-winner Angus Deaton, Ph.D., known for first sounding the alarm about deaths of despair, explain the overwhelming surge in these deaths and shed light on the social and economic forces that are making life harder for the working class. Their New York Times bestselling book Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism paints a troubling portrait of the American dream in decline.

For the white working class, today’s America has become a land of broken families and few prospects. As the college educated become healthier and wealthier, adults without a degree are literally dying from pain and despair.

Case is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University. Deaton, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics, is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University and Presidential Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California.

Case and Deaton will be in conversation with David Leonhardt, Pultizer Prize-winning senior writer for The New York Times.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Deaths of Despair from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Case, Deaton and Leonhardt that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/deaths-despair-and-future-capitalism-fan-program-anne-case-phd-and-angus-deaton-phd

Jan 26, 2022 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Anne Case, Ph.D.
Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University @https://scholar.princeton.edu/accase/home
Anne Case, Ph.D. has written extensively on health over the life course. She has been awarded the Kenneth J. Arrow Prize in Health Economics from the International Health Economics Association, for her work on the links between economic status and health status in childhood, and the Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for her research on midlife morbidity and mortality. Case currently serves on the Committee on National Statistics. She is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and is an affiliate of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. She also is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.
Angus Deaton, Ph.D.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus, Princeton University @https://scholar.princeton.edu/deaton/home
Angus Deaton, Ph.D., winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics, is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University and Presidential Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California. His main current research areas are in poverty, inequality, health, wellbeing, economic development, and randomized controlled trials. Deaton holds both American and British citizenship. In Britain he taught at Cambridge University and the University of Bristol. He is a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Econometric Society and, in 1978, was the first recipient of the Society's Frisch Medal. Deaton was President of the American Economic Association in 2009. In 2016, he was made a Knight Bachelor for his services to economics and international affairs.
David Leonhardt
Pulitzer Prize-winning senior writer for The New York Times @https://www.nytimes.com/by/david-leonhardt
David Leonhardt is a senior writer for The New York Times, where he writes The Morning, The Times’s flagship daily newsletter. He has worked at The Times since 1999 and has previously been an Op-Ed columnist, Washington bureau chief, Magazine staff writer, co-host of The Argument podcast and founding editor of The Upshot section. He also led a strategy group that helped Times leadership shape the newsroom’s digital future. Leonhardt has received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He is a third-generation native of New York City.
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