The growth in inequality has fueled a sharp decline in mobility over the past half century.
Raj Chetty is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University. 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 focuses on equality of opportunity: how can we give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding? Chetty 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 age 40. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2003 at the age of 23 and was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley until 2009, when he returned to Harvard as one of the youngest tenured professors in Harvard's history. Chetty moved to the Department of Economics at Stanford in 2015.