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Seminar Series: Dr. Carol Graham

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

When Twin Public Health Crises Meet: Trends in Ill-Being and Deaths of Despair during the COVID Pandemic

How much of an impact has COVID had on “excess” deaths of despair in the United States? Dr. Carol Graham has been tracking trends in well-being, and initial results suggest approximately 60,000 “excess” deaths for 2020 compared to the average 2 years prior. While the findings are of interest in their own right, they also provide additional evidence for the need to regularly track trends in well-being, as many other countries are already doing. Dr. Graham will discuss these findings in the context of how levels of resilience and optimism vary among groups characterized by different racial identities and socioeconomic status.

Dr. Graham is Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a College Park Professor at the University of Maryland, and a Senior Scientist at Gallup. Her areas of expertise include poverty, inequality, subjective wellbeing, the economics of happiness and development economics. She is the author of many books, including Happiness for All? Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream (2017), The Pursuit of Happiness: Toward an Economy of Well-Being (2011), and Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires (2010). She has published articles in a range of journals, and her work has been reviewed in Science, the New Yorker, the Financial Times, and the New York Review of Books, among others. She is senior editor at Behavioral Science and Policy and an Associate Editor at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

From 2002-2004, Dr. Graham served as a Vice President at Brookings. She has also served as Special Advisor to the Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank, as a Visiting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Economist of the World Bank, and as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund and the Harvard Institute for International Development.

Online over Zoom. RSVP here.


May 19
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm