Professor of Economics, 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? 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.
Income and Geography and Life expectancy