April 2021

Amidst America's changing politics, deaths of despair persist - Angus Deaton (Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs)

December 2020

Living and Dying in America in 2021- Anne Case and Angus Deaton (Project Syndicate, December 2020)

November 2020

‘Deaths of despair’ are rising. It’s time to define despair- Scientists investigate whether despair is distinct from mental disorders (Bruce Bowers, ScienceNews, November 2020)

October 2020

Pain rising among younger Americans with less education (Case and Deaton, National Institutes of Health, October 2020) 

September 2020

Decoding the mystery of American pain reveals a warning for the future - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Anne Case, Angus Deaton and Arthur Stone, September 2020)

July 2020

America's Compromised State - The lack of a coordinated national response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States has predictably resulted in an unmitigated economic and public-health disaster. The problem is and always has been that those in a position to do something about such crises do not speak for most Americans. (Angus Deaton, Project Syndicate, July 2020)

June 2020

The Despair is Smoldering - Millions of Americans have seen their wages stagnate for decades, even as the wealthiest have grown fantastically rich. The economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton believe the health-care system is partly to blame, and the coronavirus is highlighting the broader dangers American society is facing. (Benjamin Bidder and Michael Sauga, Spiegel International, June 2020).

Congressional Testimony to the House Budget Committee - Angus Deaton speaks to the Committee on health and wealth inequality in America and how COVID-19 makes clear the need for change (June 2020)

United States of Despair - America finds itself in the grips of two epidemics, each of which has exposed deep inequalities across races and levels of educational attainment. Between rising "deaths of despair" among working-class whites and higher COVID-19 mortality rates among African-Americans, the stunning secular decline in US life expectancy will continue. (Project Syndicate, June 2020)

Trump's pet theory about the fatal dangers of quarantine is very wrong. Anne Case and Angus Deaton share their perspective that  there is little to no evidence that "Deaths of Despair" track unemployment rates (Washington Post, June 2020)

Deaths of Despair and a Nation in Crisis - The Princeton economists behind the “deaths of despair” thesis—Anne Case and Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton—talk with Irwin Stelzer and Jeffrey Gedmin about their new book, the flaws of our economic and health care systems, and whether our national crisis could spur needed reforms. (The American Interest, June 2020)

May 2020

Even more Deaths of Despair? The co-author of an important new book talks about her research, the current crisis, and whether we can turn it into an opportunity (Interview with Michael Tomasky, Democracy, A Journal of Ideas, May 2020)

Boston Review talks with Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton about COVID-19, the relationship between culture, financial hardship, and health, and why capitalism’s flaws are proving fatal for America’s working class (Joshua Cohen, Boston Review, May 2020)

April 2020

Deaths of Despair": The deadly epidemic that predated coronavirus. Mortality rates were on the rise in the US long before Covid-19. (Roge Karma, Vox, April 2020)

Restarting America means people will die. So when do we do it? (New York Times Roundtable Discussion; April 2020)

"Deaths of Despair" author Anne Case discusses how the economic crisis can worsen mortality rates (Lulu Garcia-Navarro, NPR, April 2020)

American capitalism is failing Trump's base as white working-class "deaths of despair" rise (NBC News Op-Ed, 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)

America can afford a world-class health system. Why don't we have one? Our system takes from the poor and working class to generate wealth for the already wealthy (New York Times Op-Ed, April 2020)

In a time of plague; letter from America (Angus Deaton, April 2020)

Q&A with renowned health economist Anne Case and Nobel laureate Angus Deaton (Zachary Shevin, The Daily Princetonian, April 2020)

The Epidemic of Despair-Anne Case and Angus Deaton explore the question "Will America's Mortality Crisis Spread to the Rest of the World" (Foreign Affairs, March/April 2020) 

February 2020

How Healthcare Costs Hurt American Workers and Benefit the Wealthy (Time, February 20, 2020)

January 2020

Rebottling the Gini: Why this headline measure of inequality misses everything that matters (Prospect, January 2020)

January 2018: Anne Case and Angus Deaton draft a response letter to a working paper published by Christopher Ruhm.

Academic Publications


The Great Divide: Education, Despair and Death - Anne Case and Angus Deaton (NBER Working Paper Series 29241)


Case, A., and A.Deaton. 2017. “Suicide, age, and wellbeing: an empirical investigation.” NBER Working Paper 21279, Chapter 10 (pages 307-34) in Insights in the Economics of Aging. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Case, Anne, and Angus Deaton. 2017. “Mortality and Morbidity in the 21st Century.” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Spring 2017. The online appendix, appendix figures, the data and programs, and a non-technical discussion of the paper are available here. 


Case, A., and A.Deaton. 2015. “Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (49): 15078-15083. Publisher's Version


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