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58th Annual Carl Snyder Memorial Lecture featuring Raj Chetty

by Anne Ellis | Feb 13, 2017


58th Annual

Carl Snyder Memorial Lecture
"Improving Equality of Opportunity: New Lessons from Big Data"

Raj Chetty
Professor of Economics
Stanford University

                     Thursday, March 9, 2017

                       3:00 pm refreshments
                              3:30 pm lecture

                                Loma Pelona

                                  UCSB Campus

 The Carl Snyder Memorial Lecture is named for noted economic authority and author Carl Snyder, who died in 1946.  Established in 1960 with a bequest from the estate of Snyder’s wife, Madeleine Raisch, the memorial is used to bring to the campus an outstanding lecturer in the field of economics. 

Carl Snyder was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa on April 23, 1869.  He attended the University of Iowa and later attended lectures in Paris but was chiefly self-taught.  At the age of 20, he was editor of the Council Bluffs Nonparell, and later became an editorial writer on the Washington Post.  He was a past president of the American Statistical Association; a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a member of the Institut International de Statistique.  During the years when he served as a statistician at the Federal Reserve Bank, he lectured at some of the leading universities in the United States and contributed frequently to economic journals. To honor Carl Snyder, a group of alumni, faculty and friends of the Department of Economics collaborated to identify this year’s distinguished speaker, Professor Raj Chetty.

Dr. Raj Chetty is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University. Dr. Chetty's research combines empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies. His work on tax policy, unemployment insurance, and education has been widely cited in media outlets and Congressional testimony.

Dr. Chetty is a recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the John Bates Clark medal, given by the American Economic Association to the best American economist under age 40. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003 at the age of 23 and was a professor at UC-Berkeley until 2009, when he returned to Harvard as one of the youngest tenured professors in Harvard's history.  Dr. Chetty moved to the Department of Economics at Stanford in 2015.

How can we improve economic opportunities for children growing up in low-income families? Dr. Chetty will discuss findings from the Equality of Opportunity Project, which uses big data to develop new answers to this important policy question. The presentation will show how children’s opportunities to climb the income ladder vary substantially depending upon the neighborhood in which they grow up. It will then identify factors that contribute to this geographic variation in opportunities for upward mobility. The talk will conclude by offering specific policy lessons for how opportunities for upward mobility can be increased for the next generation.

For more information about Professor Chetty and his research, please view his website.