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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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Is the American dream attainable anymore? And what can we do to help disadvantaged children have a real shot at it? 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 his “Opportunity Atlas”—a visualization of his paradigm-shifting research—he urgently addresses how social mobility and childhood environment affect future success, and presents predictive tools and practical tactics for taking 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, and his study of which American colleges help children climb the social ladder—focuses on equality of opportunity. With his groundbreaking “Opportunity Atlas”, Chetty has taken predicting children’s economic futures to the next level, and with startling accuracy. With incredible detail—so much so that it can to provide assessments on a street by street basis—Chetty’s work marks a huge leap forward for sociological data: replacing speculative guesswork and shaky correlations with data-driven, concrete proof of causation. It also overwhelmingly points to one main factor as the most vital indicator for a child’s future success: their childhood environment.

 

In 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. The economic keynote speaker’s work on tax policy, unemployment insurance, and education has been widely cited in media outlets, as well as in 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 was formerly a Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He is currently the William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics at Harvard University, and the Director of Opportunity Insights, which uses “big data” to explore how to give children from disadvantaged backgrounds a better shot at success.

Speech Topics

Economics
How Creating Opportunity Enhances Communities

How can we get the American dream back? In this talk, Raj Chetty draws on his revolutionary “Opportunity Atlas”—a visualization of his paradigm-shifting research—to provide predictive tools and practical tactics for taking action to mobilize and empower communities and enhance equality. Combining empirical evidence and economic theory, Chetty explores exactly how, through expanding social mobility and creating new opportunities, businesses and institutions alike can connect with, reshape, and strengthen the communities they serve.

 

Chetty’s work marks a huge leap forward for sociological data: replacing speculation with data-driven solutions. Engaging, informative, and more relevant than ever, his talks provide the tools we need to change our social and economic systems for the better, together. 

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?