2016 – Raj Chetty

13th Annual W.J. Usery Distinguished Lecture – 2016

Raj Chetty

Dr. Raj Chetty

Dr. Raj Chetty

Improving Equality of Opportunity in America: Lessons from Big Data
Monday, October 3rd, 10:30 am

Raj ChettyProfessor of Economics at Stanford University, presented the 13th Annual W.J. Usery Lecture on October 3, 2016, 10:30-noon, at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, in AYS Seminar Room 749/50 (seventh floor). His topic was “Improving Equality of Opportunity in America: Lessons from Big Data.”

Professor Chetty is a Research Associate and Co-Director of the Public Economics group at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Chetty has been Editor of the Journal of Public Economics and a Member of the CBO Panel of Economic Advisors. Prior to becoming a Professor at Stanford, Chetty was Professor of Economics at the University of California-Berkeley and Harvard University. He received his bachelor’s degree and PhD from Harvard.

Among the honors Prof. Chetty has received are the MacArthur Foundation (Genius) Fellowship, Fellow of the Econometric Society, John Bates Clark Medal of the AEA, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Ely Lecturer of the AEA, TIAA-CREF Samuelson Award, and the Sherwin Rosen Prize of the Society of Labor Economists.

Chetty’s research has spanned the areas of public finance, labor, and applied microeconomics, combining theory and empirical evidence that inform the design of effective public policies. Chetty’s research on social mobility; tax salience, incidence and policy; education and teacher effectiveness; unemployment insurance; and social mobility has been highly influential within economics and among policy analysts.

The annual W.J. Usery Distinguished Lecture Series, inaugurated in 2005, features leading economists addressing important issues in the American workplace. The series honors former U.S. Secretary of Labor Bill Usery, the Distinguished Executive Fellow in Labor Policy at the Andrew Young School, for his contributions to the well-being of workers and the American workplace during many years of service in government and the private sector.

Previous presenters are Gary Solon, Robert Moffitt, Edward Lazear, Janet Currie, David Card, Robert Groves, Claudia Goldin, Katherine Abraham, David Autor, Lisa Lynch, Alan Krueger and Richard Freeman.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For questions, contact Barry Hirsch at bhirsch@gsu.edu.

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