MEDIA ADVISORY: Why are more white Americans dying in middle age?

April 19, 2017

After a century of progress, American life expectancy is falling largely due to “deaths of despair,” such as alcoholic liver disease, suicides and drug overdoses. On Friday, USC Presidential Professor and Nobel laureate Sir Angus Deaton and Princeton University Professor Anne Case will explain why an increasingly hostile labor market for Americans without a college degree is a likely root cause of the malaise.

Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 740-0252 or

WHAT: “Morbidity and Mortality in the 21st Century” hosted by the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, USC Dornsife Center for Self-Report Science and USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research.

*Media may RSVP by contacting Emily Gersema, (213) 740-0252 or*

WHEN: Friday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. – noon

WHERE: University of Southern California, Town and Gown Ballroom, 655 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90089

WHO: The presenting experts are:

· Presidential Professor Sir Angus Deaton of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Nobel laureate and professor emeritus at Princeton University
· Anne Case, professor of economics and public affairs, Princeton University
*NOTE: Professors Deaton and Case will be available to meet with reporters for additional comments and questions at 1:45 p.m. Journalists who are interested in this opportunity are asked to contact Kukla Vera at (213) 821-7978 or

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