The Great Divide: Education and the Politics of Despair

Thursday, 29 September 2022, starting at 18:00 in Zurich

The Department of Economics is proud to announce Economist Anne Case and Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deaton as keynote speakers at its annual event.

Life expectancy in the United States has recently fallen - a reversal not seen since 1918 or in any other wealthy nation in modern times. In the past two decades, deaths of despair from suicide, drug overdose, and alcoholism have risen dramatically, and now claim hundreds of thousands of American lives each year - and they’re still rising. Anne Case and Angus Deaton, known for first sounding the alarm about deaths of despair, explain this worrying trend and shed light on the social and economic forces that are making life harder for many people. They demonstrate why, for those who used to prosper in the USA, capitalism is no longer delivering, and the American dream is in decline.

For a considerable share of people, today’s America has become a land of broken families and few prospects. As the college educated become healthier and wealthier, adults without a degree are literally dying from pain and despair. In their joint studies, Case and Deaton attribute the crisis to the weakening position of labor, the growing power of corporations, and, above all, to a rapacious and expensive health-care sector. Capitalism, which over two centuries lifted countless people out of poverty, is now destroying the lives of blue-collar America.

We offer you the unique opportunity to listen to Anne Case and Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deaton live in Zurich as part of our annual event and to gain insights into the fascinating world of their research.

Program

18:00Welcome Address
Prof. Dr. Ernst Fehr, Professor of Economics, University of Zurich
18:10Keynote “The Great Divide: Education and the Politics of Despair”
Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deaton, Senior Scholar and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and Presidential Professor of Economics at USC
Prof. Dr. Anne Case, Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus at Princeton University.
19:00End of event

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About the speaker

Prof. Dr. Anne Case

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Prof. Dr. Anne Case

Prof. Dr. Anne Case is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus at Princeton University. She has written extensively on health and has been awarded the Kenneth J. Arrow Prize in Health Economics from the International Health Economics Association, for her work on the links between economic status and health status in childhood, and the Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for her research on midlife morbidity and mortality.
Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deaton

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Nobel Laureate Sir Angus Deaton

Sir Angus Deaton is Senior Scholar and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and Presidential Professor of Economics at USC. His interests span domestic and international issues and include health, happiness, development, poverty, inequality, and how to best collect and interpret evidence for policy. In 2015, he received the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel “for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare.”