A Princeton professor who worked on a now well-known study that tracked rising mortality rates among middle-aged white Americans was actually told "how dare you work on whites" by another faculty member when she presented it, a new interview reveals.
Anne Case and Angus Deaton revealed the incident in an interview with The Washington Post published Thursday:
"White Americans had just flatlined where the European countries continued to make progress, and where other groups in this country - African Americans and Hispanics - continued to make progress. So what the heck is going on here? We weren't making progress anymore. That, to us seemed like the bigger story.
Deaton: Anne presented the first paper once and was told, in no uncertain terms: How dare you work on whites.
Case: I was really beaten up.
Deaton: And these were really senior people. Case: Very senior people."