What's the strongest community correlate of upward mobility for poor kids in America? "the strongest correlation is the number of intact families" in a community. Fascinating on Harvard economist Raj Chetty's important work
Economist Raj Chetty is not only identifying the decline in opportunity we’ve seen in recent decades—but trying to reverse it. Inequality, like many problems we face, is as vast as it is complex. But this article left me a little more hopeful
This side-by-side is pretty powerful: On the left, the counties with the highest proportions of enslaved people in 1860. On the right, where upward mobility is weakest nowadays. 's profile of Raj Chetty in has more:
The economist Raj Chetty wants to do more than change our understanding of America, writes . He wants to change America itself.
"Chetty has established Big Data as a moral force in the American debate...[he] believes there is more progress to be made through a moral framing that is less partisan" Bold use of the word "moral" in relation to economics and "partisan" here
The economist Raj Chetty wants to do more than change our understanding of America, writes . He wants to change America itself.
"Economics has long played the role of sociology’s annoying older brother—conventionally accomplished and wholeheartedly confident, unaware of what he doesn’t know, while still commanding everyone’s attention. "
Honored to be part of this article & partner in Professor Chetty’s work. Looking forward to great things from the effort! Raj Chetty’s American Dream - The Atlantic ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦
Nice summary of the approach: Carefully identify locations of "opportunity" (upward mobility) and try to move people to those places. I like the idea!
"Chetty has found that opportunity does not correlate with many traditional economic measures, such as employment or wage growth. In the search for opportunity’s cause, he is instead focusing on an idea borrowed from #sociology: social capital"
Article on the life story of my colleague Raj Chetty charting how his life experience motivates his work and that of his colleagues and their team . These profiles humanize the research and the researcher
A sobering illustration of how history matters to economic mobility: striking correlation between an 1861 map of counties with the most slaves and map of poverty from today.
RAJ CHETTY PROFILE ALERT
Both of Chetty’s parents descend from the Chettiar caste, a mercantile group historically involved in banking, and the kids were raised to carry on their cultural heritage.
The economist Raj Chetty wants to do more than change our understanding of America, writes . He wants to change America itself. via
Economist Raj Chetty wants to change America itself.
Must-read if you’re interested in #socialmobility, #inequality and policies to address #poverty. Fascinating deep-dive into the work of Raj Chetty . via
A lovely profile of Raj Chetty that also serves as an ode to the power of economics to improve people’s lives.
The economist Raj Chetty wants to do more than change our understanding of America, writes . He wants to change America itself.
An excellent introduction to what must be the most creative, socially engaged economist in the world and to the complexities of social mobility: "The economist Raj Chetty wants to do more than change our understanding of America"
"Economics has long played the role of sociology’s annoying older brother ... Chetty, though, is part of a younger generation of scholars who have embraced a style of quantitative social science that crosses old disciplinary lines" Fascinating long read:
The incomparable Raj Chetty, changing the world. (Notably along with et al.)
ICYMI: New feature on economist Raj Chetty by in The Atlantic #mobility #inequality
Raj Chetty's maps are interesting, but seem to be an example of the pendulum swinging too far towards theory-sparse data-generating. For all the work, I'm not sure it tells us much we didn't already know.
Children's chances of earning more than their parents have fallen from 90% to 50% over the past half century in the US. economist Raj Chetty seeks to reverse this trend and revive the American Dream. Great story by in
Below is a giant new, and very credulous 2019 article on economist Raj Chetty's work; and here is my 2015 critique of Chetty:
Great profile, so much promise and opportunity in this research: The economist Raj Chetty wants to do more than change our understanding of America, writes . He wants to change America itself.
Given what we now know about how growing up in high opportunity neighborhoods boosts outcomes for kids, the fate of U.S. cities where white flight denuded urban cores of (mostly white) people with money and social capital makes all kinds of sense.
This is a good overview of Raj Chetty's work, why it seems important and exciting, and why, nevertheless, its practical impact may be limited
With support from the and Chan Zuckerberg, Harvard economist Raj Chetty wants to help reinvigorate the American dream, using data. #philanthropy
Fascinating profile of Harvard economist Raj Chetty and his path-breaking work on social mobility and economic opportunity in America; "The Economist Who Would Fix the American Dream"
A must read if you are not familiar with Raj Chetty, or if you are.
Wow. Powerful article that should be widely read. Honest scientific inquiry is so essential! The economist Raj Chetty wants to do more than change our understanding of America, writes . He wants to change America itself.
The economist Raj Chetty wants to do more than change our understanding of America, writes . He wants to change America itself.
The economist Raj Chetty wants to do more than change our understanding of America, writes . He wants to change America itself.
The economist Raj Chetty wants to do more than change our understanding of America, writes . He wants to change America itself.