Raj Chetty

In America, geography determines economic inequality and social mobility.

Economist and MacArthur Genius studying economic inequality

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Raj Chetty | Economist and MacArthur Genius studying economic inequality
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Raj Chetty studies some of the core issues of American society—equality, education, and government policy—through the powerful lens of economics. A recent winner of the John Bates Clark Medal for best American economist under 40, Chetty has received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and is currently Professor of Economics at Stanford University. 

Raj Chetty’s research combines empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies. His work on tax policy, unemployment insurance, and education has been widely cited in media outlets and Congressional testimony. His current research—like this crucial study on economic mobility, which Chetty and co-author Nathaniel Hendren presented to the Obama administration—focuses on equality of opportunity. Chetty’s work asks: how can we give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding? 

 

“[Raj Chetty] has established himself in a few short years as arguably the best applied microeconomist of his generation.”

— American Economic Association

Chetty received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003 at the age of 23 and later became one of the youngest tenured professors in Harvard’s history, before moving to Stanford in 2015. He has been named one of the top economists in the world by the New York Times and The Economist. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Genius Fellowship and the John Bates Clark medal, given by the American Economic Association to the best American economist under the age of 40.

Speech Topics

Economics
The Economics Behind Equality Children, Social Mobility, and the Cycle of Poverty
The United States is often hailed as the “land of opportunity,” a society in which a child's chances of success depend little on her family background. Is this reputation warranted? In this talk, Raj Chetty takes a look at the equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the prospects of escaping poverty for children. He presents new evidence that will serve as the groundwork for answering a vital question: how can we give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding?