Some of Chetty"s recent papers have studied equality of opportunity in the United States and the long-term impact of teachers on students" performance. He received his Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard in 2003, with a thesis entitled Consumption commitments, risk preferences, and optimal unemployment insurance.
He is a professor of economics at Stanford University, specializing in the field of public economics. Chetty previously taught at Harvard University, where he was offered tenure at the age of 28 and accepted at 29, becoming one of the youngest tenured faculty in the history of Harvard"s economics department. Currently, he is also an editor of the Journal of Public Economics.
His family immigrated to the United States in 1988.
After graduating from the University School of Milwaukee, Chetty received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in 2000. As a sophomore in college, Chetty was told by his mentor Martin Feldstein to pursue his own ideas after proposing a counterintuitive idea that higher interest rates sometimes lead to higher investment.
In 2003, at the age of 23, Chetty became an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, becoming a tenured associate professor there at 27. In 2009, Chetty returned to Harvard, where he was the Bloomberg Professor of Economics and the director of the Laboratory for Economic Applications and Policy.
In 2015, Chetty moved to Stanford, where he became a professor in the Economics Department.
In recent work with John Friedman and Jonah Rockoff, Chetty found that test-score based value-added measures are not substantially biased by unobserved student characteristics, and that the students of high value-added teachers have markedly better later-life outcomes. Chetty is also known for research showing that economic mobility varies enormously within the United States, and for work on the optimal level of unemployment benefits. In 2008, The Economist and The New York Times listed Chetty as one of the top eight young economists in the world.
Chetty is among the most cited young economists in the world.
In 2012, he was one of 23 fellows to receive $500,000 over the following five years from the John Doctorate. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as a recipient of one of the Foundation"s "Genius Grants".
Member of American Economic Association, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Sundari Suppiah, January 23, 2004.