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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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How can we give disadvantaged children a better chance of success? A MacArthur “Genius” and one of the top economists in the world (The New York Times and The Economist), Raj Chetty tackles the core issues of American society—education, equality, and government policy—through the powerful lens of economics. Drawing on paradigm-shifting research, optimized by Big Data, Chetty’s talks urgently address the way race and social mobility affect child development, presenting tactics and tools for action.  

“[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 current research—like the crucial study on economic mobility which Chetty and his co-author presented to the Obama administration, or his study of which American colleges help children climb the social ladder—focuses on equality of opportunity. In his thought-provoking talks, Chetty shows audiences how can we provide children from disadvantaged backgrounds the tools they need to succeed, and how we can change the social and economic systems stacked against them. His work on tax policy, unemployment insurance, and education has been widely cited in media outlets and Congressional testimony. 


Chetty received his Ph.D. from Harvard University at the age of 23 and later became one of the youngest tenured professors in Harvard’s history. A winner of the John Bates Clark Medal for best American economist under 40, Chetty has also received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and is currently a Professor of Economics at Stanford University. 

Speech Topics

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?