Signs outside an art and antique shop closing down in Salt Lake City on May 8. Millions without jobs also lose health insurance as Covid-19 widens inequalities in the US. Photo: AP Signs outside an art and antique shop closing down in Salt Lake City on May 8. Millions without jobs also lose health insurance as Covid-19 widens inequalities in the US. Photo: AP
Signs outside an art and antique shop closing down in Salt Lake City on May 8. Millions without jobs also lose health insurance as Covid-19 widens inequalities in the US. Photo: AP
Anne Case
Opinion

Opinion

Anne Case and Angus Deaton

Coronavirus exposes the inequality in America, and may exacerbate it

  • Covid-19 is widening the income and health inequalities underlying the ‘deaths of despair’ epidemic among less-educated white working class Americans
  • Hit by two epidemics, US life expectancy is set to fall for a record fourth year

Signs outside an art and antique shop closing down in Salt Lake City on May 8. Millions without jobs also lose health insurance as Covid-19 widens inequalities in the US. Photo: AP Signs outside an art and antique shop closing down in Salt Lake City on May 8. Millions without jobs also lose health insurance as Covid-19 widens inequalities in the US. Photo: AP
Signs outside an art and antique shop closing down in Salt Lake City on May 8. Millions without jobs also lose health insurance as Covid-19 widens inequalities in the US. Photo: AP
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Anne Case

Anne Case

Anne Case is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

Angus Deaton

Angus Deaton

Angus Deaton, the 2015 Nobel laureate in economics, is Professor Emeritus of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Presidential Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California.