30 November, 2020

Raj Chetty

The Smart Educationist - 33 years | Harvard

Raj Chetty
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The 33-year-old Indo-Ameri­can economist, also one of Harvard’s youngest professors, recently won the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Econo­mic Associ­ation for his pioneering work on education. In fact, President Barack Obama had even cited his work in last year’s State of the Union address, which led to him winning the prestigious ‘Baby Nobel’. Not surprisin­gly, Chetty is excited about being clubbed with the likes of Paul Krugman and Paul Samuelson, or even Freako­nomist Steven Levitt, all recipients of the honour.

The man with the ‘golden mind’ studied at University School in Milwaukee and Harvard University before becoming assistant professor of economics at the University of Berkeley at 23. The single-pointedness in thinking led him to research the equality of opportunity across America to identify policies that can help disadvantaged children succeed. And yes, he has a special spot for kids. “Those who were lucky to have better teachers in childhood are more likely to attend...

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