Anne C. Case

Princeton University


Primary Section: 54, Economic Sciences
Secondary Section: 53, Social and Political Sciences
Membership Type: Member (elected 2020)

Biosketch

Anne Case is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University, where she continues to teach and to direct the Research Program in Development Studies. She is an applied microeconomist known for her work on the relationship between economic status and health status from childhood through to old age, in both developed and developing countries. She has been awarded the Kenneth J. Arrow Prize in Health Economics from the International Health Economics Association, for her work on the links between economic status and health status in childhood, and the Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for her research on midlife morbidity and mortality. Dr. Case currently serves on the Committee on National Statistics. She is a fellow of the Econometric Society, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Medicine. 

Research Interests

Anne Case is an applied microeconomist who has worked extensively on the social and economic determinants of health. Her work has documented the impact of early-life health and circumstance on health, cognitive function and economic status from childhood through old age, in both developed and developing countries, and investigated mechanisms through which early-life circumstances affect later life health and wellbeing. She has worked throughout her career across disciplines, with demographers, sociologists, and medical doctors. For a decade she focused a great deal of her research on the AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa. For the past five year, she and co-author Angus Deaton have focused on the growing divide in mortality, by educational attainment, among Americans in midlife, documenting a long-invisible but ever-growing epidemic in mortality from drugs, alcohol and suicide. Drawing on work from sociology, psychology, political science, and medicine, they have tied these “deaths of despair” to the slow collapse of the working-class labor market, which has had important downstream effects on the institutions that hold life together: marriage, childbearing, community engagement, and religious affiliation.   

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