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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 21, 2016

SIR ANGUS DEATON AND DR. ANNE CASE TO BE HONORED AT BEN FRANKLIN’S 311TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Princeton economists named as honorees of the January 2017 event.  

Philadelphia, PA — Benjamin Franklin devoted much of his life to improving lives and promoting health. The recipients of the 2017 Franklin Founders award, Princeton University economists Sir Angus Deaton and Dr. Anne Case, perfectly exemplify the founding father’s commitment to creating a better future for all Americans.

From Franklin’s era through the beginning of the 21st century, American prosperity grew and lifespans increased— from 35 years in 1790 to 81 in 2000.  But recent research from Dr. Case and Dr. Deaton show, after two centuries of progress, that mortality among middle-aged Americans has been increasing since the turn of the new century. The theme of 2017’s Benjamin Franklin Celebration, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise? Increasing Prosperity and Rising Inequality, looks at these issues and their implications for our society.

“Dr. Franklin understood the importance of data to deal effectively with programs that improve lives,” says Donald Smith, Co-Chair of the Franklin Celebration. “Deaton and Case carry on this approach to one of today’s most important social issues.”

On Friday, January 13, 2017, the Franklin Birthday Celebration will present the Franklin Founders award to Sir Deaton and Dr. Case in recognition of their extraordinary work. At the event’s annual luncheon, the honorees, along with economist and entrepreneur John Bogle, will discuss their research. There will also be a free morning seminar on this topic.

ABOUT THE HONOREES

Sir Angus Deaton, was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics; in 2016 he was awarded a Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth.  He is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. Recent publications include The Great Escape – Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality.  Anne Case is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. Together, they recently published Rising Morbidity and Mortality in Midlife Among White Non-Hispanic Americans in the 20th Century.

ABOUT CELEBRATION! of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, FOUNDER

Celebration! of Benjamin Franklin, Founder was established to bring national and international attention to Benjamin Franklin, America’s best known historic figure.

Every year, Celebration! of Benjamin Franklin, Founder organizes a birthday event to bring awareness to Franklin’s astounding achievements and productive life with a special theme to call attention to current-day issues and events. Prior honorees include Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Gov.Jon Huntsman and Dr. Paul A. Offit.  For more information, visit www.franklincelebration.org.

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