Acclaimed Stanford Economist to Present Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture

Raj Chetty to present findings of landmark Equality of Opportunity Project

Stanford economist Raj Chetty will present the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Friday, December 1, 2017 in the UCR University Theatre. courtesy

Stanford economist Raj Chetty will present a Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture at the University of California, Riverside from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, in the UCR University Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

The percentage of children who earn more than their parents has decreased from 95 percent for children born in 1940 to 41 percent among children born in 1984. This decline in the American Dream drives the groundbreaking Equality of Opportunity Project led by Chetty and his colleagues. Relying on the power of “big data,” Chetty’s research aims to develop novel policy solutions that empower families and communities to reduce poverty and improve quality of life.

The Project’s recent work has focused on the role of higher education in promoting social mobility. In a study published earlier this year, Chetty traced 30 million college students covering a period of 14 years and determined which schools are most successful in helping students climb the income ladder. Chetty’s landmark findings have opened an array of avenues for understanding how higher education can expand opportunities for students across the country. Chetty’s work on higher education has featured prominently in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist.

Chetty joined the Department of Economics at Stanford University in 2015. He previously served on the faculty of Harvard University, where he was one of the youngest tenured professors in Harvard’s history. He is a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Award and received the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association, which honors an American economist under the age of forty who has made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. Chetty earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003.

The Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series launched in 2005 to involve members of the wider community in the academic life at UCR and inspire faculty, staff, and students to think beyond the lecture hall and laboratory. Previous lecturers include Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, the first woman president of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates.

This lecture is cosponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the UCR School of Public Policy, and the UCR Department of Economics. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be available following the lecture. Complimentary parking will be available in Lot 6 starting at noon.

The lecture is free, but reservations are encouraged.

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