Tuesday, July 7 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm
In their book, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton and Professor Anne Case document the devastating epidemic that preceded COVID-19, taking the lives of 158,000 Americans in 2018 and contributing to the first three-year drop in U.S. life expectancy since the Spanish flu. Deaths of despair primarily strike those without a college degree whose loss of a way of life has led them to suicide, alcoholism, drug overdose, and finally premature death. Today’s pandemic – which disproportionately has impacted African Americans and Hispanics – has further exacerbated these deaths of despair as those without a college degree are less likely to be able to continue their work and pay remotely, while those who are able to continue to work typically fill essential jobs that often put them at great risk of COVID-19 infection. Join moderator Dana Goldman in a discussion with Professors Case and Deaton on this phenomenon and the public policies to address it.