Professor Raj Chetty

COVID-19 and Economic Opportunity Across Zip Codes in America: New Insights from Big Data with Raj Chetty

Date: July 28, 2020

Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m. AZ Time

Location: Virtual Event

Contact: Harvard Alumni Education | | 617-495-1920

Attendance Policy: Open to students | Open to alumni | Registration required

About the speaker:

Join the alumni YouTube livestream with Professor Raj Chetty, William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics at Harvard University. This talk will first discuss how the COVID pandemic is affecting the American economy at the ZIP code level, drawing on new real time data to trace the impacts of the crisis on consumer spending, business, and employment prospects. It will then discuss the impacts of major policies enacted to date to mitigate economic losses - ranging from state-ordered shutdowns to the stimulus program -- and consider what approaches will best foster recovery and limit hardship for American families going forward. Finally, Dr. Chetty will discuss his recent work on the COVID crisis in the context of his research lab's broader work on equality of opportunity and racial equity, describing how the current crisis links to broader structural challenges in the American economy.

Raj Chetty is also the Director of Opportunity Insights, which uses “big data” to understand how we can give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding. Chetty's research combines empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies. His work on topics ranging from tax policy and unemployment insurance to education and affordable housing has been widely cited in academia, media outlets, and Congressional testimony.

Chetty received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003 and is one of the youngest tenured professors in Harvard's history. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, he was a professor at UC-Berkeley and Stanford University. Chetty has received numerous awards for his research, including a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the John Bates Clark medal, given to the economist under 40 whose work is judged to have made the most significant contribution to the field.

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