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January 8, 2008

Congratulations To Raj Chetty

Filed under: Basic Questions,Economic History,Education,Miscellaneous — Prashant @ 3:37 pm

Raj Chetty, an associate professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, is the winner of the The American magazine’s 2008 Young Economist Award, a research grant of $100,000 provided by the Searle Freedom Trust.

To be eligible for the award, economists have to be featured in the magazine’s bimonthly column entitled “The Young Economist,” which profiles talented economists under the age of forty doing groundbreaking original research.

Chetty, who is twenty-eight, did his undergraduate and PhD work at Harvard, became an assistant professor of economics at Berkeley at age twenty-three and an associate professor at age twenty-seven. [link]

As far as we can tell, Raj’s academic work and the Indian economy haven’t intersected. At least, not yet. The only desi link (apart from his family) we found was this interview in Rediff, which might seem a tad tenuous to some. But, what the heck! This guy is an academic superstar in the making…


  1. Yeah, I read about this in Greg Mankiw’s blog too. Congratulations to him !!

    Comment by Ekalayva — January 8, 2008 @ 3:47 pm

  2. All hype, am betting even money this guy ends up contributing nothing significant. In the entire article I didn’t see anything I didn’t know all already(talking about the research). Another arrogant theorist. The world is infested with this variety.

    p.s. To all the reatrds here don’t flame me for my own lack of achievements.

    Comment by sa — January 8, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

  3. Gregory Mankiw and Steven Levitt were two of the few young upcoming economists chosen by the Economist magazine a decade or more ago. They had picked a few a year or two back.

    Congratulations to Raj Chetty and hope he can achieve big things in life.

    Comment by HmmBut — January 9, 2008 @ 5:41 am

  4. He would not have achieved something like this, if he was in india.

    Comment by madhavi — January 10, 2008 @ 8:06 pm

  5. Um! No! He could have achieved the same in India. Except for access to proprietary data (which would cost some money), everything else related to economic analysis and instant communication with academics around the world is possible sitting in India. I might have agreed with you with respect to research in sciences requiring heavy installed investment.

    Times have changed.

    Comment by HmmBut — January 11, 2008 @ 4:48 am

  6. I apologize for moving off topic.
    Does anyone here know of any websites or forums I can go to that discuss the position american presidential candidates have towards improved Indo-American relations? I am a voter and would like the next president to continue improving ties between the two nations.


    Comment by Patel — January 13, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

  7. There is a description some of Raj Chetty’s work here:

    Comment by gaddeswarup — January 15, 2008 @ 10:34 am

  8. @ Patel:

    A good summary can be found here:

    Although I must say it does not deal explicitly with the issue of US-India relations, which is a narrow issue in the wider foreign policy stances of these candidates. You may have to do more research on your own into their backgrounds, speeches etc to find out.

    Comment by Shefaly — January 18, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

  9. smart guy borderline genius.but absolutely boring stuff.and nothing related to india in any shape or form.prefer sendhil mullainathan in harvard..high impact guy. works on projects in india with a strong team of researchers on the field.

    Comment by Hesh — March 24, 2008 @ 8:50 pm

  10. Thanx, Prashant, for the link to the brilliant Raj Chetty.
    I read with interest the rediff interview & was impressed with his clarity of thought & ideas. His work on unemployment,taxation with emphasis on psychology of consumer behaviour is bound to have impact on policy making in the US and hopefully some day in India too.
    Congratulations to Chetty & may his tribe prosper.

    Comment by Salty — May 5, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

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