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Uncovering why Americans are dying so young with Anne Case and Angus Deaton: podcast and transcript - Chris Hayes speaks with authors and researchers Anne Case and Angus Deaton about what's behind the continued rise of "deaths of despair" in America. (Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes, MSNBC, May 2023)

Why are so many Americans without college degrees dying prematurely? by David Berreby (CQ Researcher, January 2023)

Education Divides Everything, Including Life and Death by Thomas B. Edsall (New York Times, October 2022)

Deaths of despair are rising. It's time to define despair  by Bruce Bowers (ScienceNews, November 2020)

Can coronavirus cure our healthcare system?  by John DiTraglia (Portsmouth Daily Times, April 2020)

Dying of despair: Is U.S. healthcare to blame?  by Roland Klose (St. Louis Dispatch, April 2020)

When Can America Reopen from its Coronavirus shutdown- The answer depends how you weigh human health against the economy. We asked experts how to think about the tricky calculus. (Politico Magazine, April 2020)

Degrees of  Division- As their book about the deep links between education and well-being is published, Anne Case and Nobel laureate Angus Deaton tell John Morgan about their jaw-dropping discoveries of a sharp rise in ‘deaths of despair’ among white American people – and an unhealthy obsession with causality among journals (Times Higher Education, March 2020

Coronavirus demands social distancing. Will that lead to more deaths of despair? (Abraham Gutman, The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 19, 2020)

David Leonhardt: How working-class life is killing Americans (The Salt Lake Tribune, March 9, 2020)

Our social crisis is no longer just about inequality, it's about life and death by John Harris (The Guardian, March 9, 2020)

How Working-Class Life Is Killing Americans, in Charts -  By David Leonhardt and Stuart A. Thompson (The New York Times, March 6, 2020)

Economist Anne Case (with co-author Angus Deaton) on America's "deaths of despair" - and how to tackle them. (Financial Times, February 2020)

What are so-called Deaths of Despair? Experts say they're on the rise (Blake Dodge, Newsweek, January 14, 2020)

Every American basically pays "poll tax" under the U.S. health system - Anne Case and Angus Deaton speak at the American Economic Association's Annual Meeting, January 2020. (The Washington Post, January 7, 2020)

Economists grapple with rising American mortality - Understanding “deaths of despair” will require fresh thinking - Anne Case and Angus Deaton presented a panel discussion during the American Economic Association meeting in San Diego, January 2020. (The Economist, Jan. 9, 2020)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Why Education Matters to Your Health* - Author Karin Fischer comments on recent research by Anne Case and Angus Deaton, and, in a companion piece, A Dying Town, authors Sarah Brown and Karin Fischer discuss how the lack of a college education has become a public-health crisis across America (both stories published Dec. 29, 2017). [*The original piece was republished in The Washington Post, under the title Why education matters to your health - literally, on Feb. 5, 2018 with the permission of Karin Fischer.]

NPR Morning Edition: Life Expectancy Drops Again As Opioid Deaths Surge In U.S. (audio and written story with quotes from Anne Case) (Dec. 21, 2017)

The Wall Street Journal: Interview with Anne Case and Angus Deaton, "An Update on Rising Mortality Rates Among White, Working-Class Americans" (Nov. 19, 2017 - access may be restricted)

Press Coverage of "Mortality and Morbidity in the 21st Century" Case and Deaton 2017 Spring Brookings Papers on Economic Activity:

Associated Press: Death Rates Up for Middle Age Whites With Little Education (March 23, 2017)

The New York Times: Death Rates Up for Middle Age Whites With Little Education (March 23, 2017)

The Washington Post: New research identifies a ‘sea of despair’ among white, working-class Americans (March 23, 2017)

The Wall Street Journal: Death Rates Rise for Wide Swath of White Adults, Study Finds (March 23, 2017)

Bloomberg:  ‘Deaths of Despair’ Are Surging Among the White Working Class (March 23, 2017)

Princeton University: Case and Deaton Release “Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century” (March 23, 2017)

Vox: Why the white middle class is dying faster, explained in 6 charts (March 23, 2017)

Financial Times: ‘Deaths of despair’ surge among US white working class (March 23, 2017)

NPR: The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People’s ‘Deaths Of Despair’ (March 23, 2017)

The Economist:  Economic shocks are more likely to be lethal in America (available online March 23, 2017; March 25, 2017 issue)

The Huffington Post: White Americans Are Dying From A Surge In ‘Deaths Of Despair’ (includes a discussion with Betsy McKay of the Wall Street Journal) (March 23, 2017)

Fortune: Why White Middle Class Americans Are Dying at an Alarming Rate (March 23, 2017)

 Doonesbury Strip by Garry Trudeau (published in The Washington Post, March 26, 2017) 

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The Guardian (US edition): Is the US facing an epidemic of ‘deaths of despair’? These researchers say yes (March 28, 2017)

The New York Times: ‘Carnage’ Indeed, but Trump’s Policies Would Make It Worse (March 28, 2017)

Bloomberg: Death and Despair in White America (podcast, March 30, 2017)

Washington Post: Is the American Dream killing us? (April 2, 2017)

Washington Post: 'How dare you work on whites': Professors under fire for research on white mortality (April 6, 2017)

The New Yorker: The Despair of Learning That Experience No Longer Matters (April 10, 2017)

WHYY: "Deaths of despair" on RadioTimes with Marty Moss-Coane (audio, April 13, 2017)

National Institutes of Health: "Increasing Mortality of Working Class Whites Reveals How Long-Term Economic Factors Contribute to Health Disparities" (by Dr. William Riley, Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH, April 25, 2017)

Morbidity and Mortality in Middle-Aged Whites, Press Coverage

PBS NewsHour: ‘Deaths of despair’ are cutting life short for some white Americans (8:20) – (Part 1, aired 2/16/17); 'How the feeling of falling behind fuels deadly distress for white Americans' (8:24) – (Part 2, aired 2/23/17)

Bloomberg News: The Quiet Epidemic That's Killing white Americans in Droves (25:50)

Princeton University: Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century

The Guardian: Financial despair, addiction and the rise of suicide in white America

New York Times: Death among middle-ages whites

Quartz: "Deaths of despair" are killing America's white working class"

Deaton on why white Americans are killing themselves: co-author Angus Deaton discusses his research with Anne Case on morbidity and mortality in middle aged whites with Fareed Zakaria of CNN (5:43)

Washington Post::A group of middle-aged American whites is dying at a startling rate

PBS Newshour: Has despair led to a stunning hike in mortality rates for some Americans? (video: 8:02 mins.)

NPR All Things Considered: "In Reversal, Death Rates Rise for Middle-Aged Whites" (November 6, 2015)

Al Jazeera America: US economic policies are devasting society

CNN: Death rate on the rise for middle-aged white Americans

"Must Read" - Washington Center for Equitable Growth

The New York Times: "Death Rates Rising for Middle-Aged White Americans, Study Finds"