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Queen's University

Policy Speaker Series

Salience and Taxation: Evidence and Policy Implication

October 16, 2009 [Presentation]

Raj Chetty

Raj Chetty is a Professor in the Economics Department at Harvard University. Chetty received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2003 and joined the faculty of Berkeley as an Assistant Professor at the age of 23. He was granted tenure at Berkeley in 2007 and moved to Harvard in 2009. Chetty serves as Co-Director of the Public Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Editor of the Journal of Public Economics.

Chetty has published papers in leading journals on a wide range of topics related to government policy. He has studied the effects of risk on households and their implications for social welfare policy. He has also studied the effects of dividend taxation on corporate behavior. Most recently, his research has focused on the importance of salience and attention in understanding the effects of government policies on the economy. These studies have been cited in media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week, as well as in Congressional testimony.

Chetty has been awarded three National Science Foundation grants for his research, including most recently a CAREER award, the NSF’s most prestigious grant for young researchers. He was award the 2008 American Young Economist award and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. He was recently named one of the “top young economists doing work on real-world problems” in the New York Times and one of the best young economists of the past decade by the Economist magazine.

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