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 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. A winner of the John Bates Clark Medal for best American economist under 40, Chetty has received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and is currently a Professor of Economics at Stanford University.