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Anne Case and Angus Deaton / Tanner Lectures on Human Values: "Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism"

April 11, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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Event Sponsor: 
McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society

This is the second of three events comprising the 2019 Tanner Lectures on Human Values, delivered by  Princeton University Professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton.

Lecture 1: Wednesday, April 10, 5 to 7 p.m.

Lecture 2: Thursday, April 11, 5 to 7 p.m.

Discussion seminar: Friday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Lecture 2:"Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism"

Professors Case and Deaton will examine the wider social and economic forces that surround the epidemic of deaths from drug overdoses, alcoholic liver disease and suicide. Non-Hispanic whites without a B.A. are also suffering in ways beyond their elevated death rates, including increasing morbidity (especially pain), increasing social isolation, decreasing marriage rates, declining connection with churches, declining democratic participation and belief in democracy, declining real wages, and declining participation in the labor force. Read more

This lecture will be followed by a response from Victor Fuchs, the Henry J. Kaiser Jr Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, in the Departments of Economics and Health Research and Policy. Read more

Anne Case and Angus Deaton are emeriti professors at Princeton University. Case is an emeritus professor of economics and public affairs. Deaton, a senior scholar at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2015. In their joint lecture, tentatively titled “Deaths of Despair: Has Democratic Capitalism Stopped Working for Working People?”, Case and Deaton will focus on the rising epidemic of deaths from drug overdoses, alcoholic liver disease and suicide. Until recently, these deaths have been largely confined to white non-Hispanics and African-Americans. But in recent years, there has been a sharp rise in mortality among whites. Together, they examine the role American capitalism plays in these alarming statistics and changing patterns. Read more

Location: 
Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center
Admission: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact Email: 
mvpena@stanford.edu