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

April 10, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society

This is the first 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 1: “Deaths of Despair”

Professors Case and Deaton will review and extend their results on “deaths of despair,” the still-rising epidemic of deaths from drug overdoses, alcoholic liver disease and suicide. Until recently, these deaths have been largely confined to white non-Hispanics, particularly those without a university degree. Read more

This lecture will be followed by a response from Lisa Berkman, director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 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