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Sir Angus Deaton on “American Inequality: The Deaths of Despair”

September 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In the past two decades, deaths of despair from suicide, drug overdose, and alcoholism have risen dramatically—and continue to rise. Sir Angus Deaton, a 2015 Nobel Laureate in Economics, addresses this alarming surge and sheds light on the social and economic forces that are making life harder for the American working class. He argues that for many in America, capitalism no longer works. Deaton is a Professor at Princeton and the author (with his wife, economist Anne Case) of the best-selling book Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism. Hosted by the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. View on YouTube:


September 7, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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