Deaths of despair

Mortality rates for non-college educated people in the US have risen since the 1990s, driven in large part by deaths from alcohol, suicide or drug overdose and the underlying mental health issues. Anne Case of Princeton University traces this back to stagnating wages and the contracting out by firms of low-skilled jobs due to the high health insurance costs that those workers represent.

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Topics:  Health economics Labour markets

Tags:  mortality rates, Mental health, wages, US, low-skilled jobs

Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University

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