How the feeling of falling behind fuels deadly distress for white Americans

Thursday, February 23, 2017
PBS NewsHour

Why have middle aged, white Americans experienced a stunning rise in premature deaths due to alcoholism, suicide and drug abuse? Economists who have documented the dramatic decrease in life expectancy say an obvious place to look is the loss of work and economic status for the working class. But economics correspondent Paul Solman finds that’s not the whole story.

Darrick Hamilton, associate director of Cook Center, co-investigator of the National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color (NASCC) project, and associate professor of economics and Urban Policy, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy & Department of Economics, New School for Social Research, joins PBS News Hour.