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