Raj Chetty, a Harvard University professor of Indian origin has been awarded the John Bates Clark young economist award
Raj Chetty, a Harvard University professor of Indian origin has been awarded the John Bates Clark young economist award. The American Economic Association while announcing the award said “Raj Chetty is a remarkably productive economist. He has established himself in a few short years as arguably the best applied microeconomist of his generation.”
Raj Chetty has been recognised as a “pioneer” in using large data sets, such as tax returns and education records. James Poterba, president of the National Bureau of Economic Research was one of the first to recognise this quality in his research.
Chetty’s award winning work covers tax policy, unemployment and other social insurance, and education. It is also a sign of things to come as most winners of the Clark medal go on to receive the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.
Chetty has been an economics professor at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, since 2009 and has taught at the University of California, Berkeley.
His work was cited by President Barack Obama in last year’s State of the Union address. His December 2011 paper, published with fellow Harvard professor John Friedman and Jonah Rockoff of Columbia University, was also praised by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his 2012 State of the City address.