Charles Fain Lehman

Review: ‘Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism’ by Anne Case and Angus Deaton

heroin opioidsAmericans, you may have heard, are dying "deaths of despair": suicides, drug overdoses, and alcoholic liver disease that are together driving down the nation's life expectancy. The concept has been bandied about since it was coined by a pair of Princeton economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton. After five years, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism is the pair's book-length offering on what they believe is driving the crisis.