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] has established himself in a few short years as arguably the best applied microeconomist of his generation.”— American Economic Association
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 his co-author presented to the Obama administration, or this study of which American colleges help children climb the social ladder—focuses on equality of opportunity. Chetty’s work asks: how can we give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding?
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.