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Stanford economist to speak at UC Riverside about expanding economic opportunities

By in Press Enterprise on November 21, 2017

By Gail Wesson

A Stanford University economist whose recent work looks at how higher education can expand opportunities for students will give the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture at UC Riverside at 1 p.m. Dec. 1 in the University Theatre.

Raj Chetty and his colleagues rely on big data crunching in their Equality of Opportunity Project research aimed at finding policy solutions that reduce poverty and improve quality of life among families and communities, according to a news release.

Recent work focused on the role of higher education in promoting social mobility, and which schools are most successful in helping students climb the income ladder.

Chetty joined Stanford’s Department of Economics in 2015. He previously served on the faculty of Harvard University, where he was one of the youngest tenured professors in Harvard’s history.

He is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant in 2012.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the UCR School of Public Policy and the UCR Department of Economics. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and refreshments will be available after the lecture. Free parking will be available in Lot 6 beginning at noon.

The lecture is free, but the university encouraged attendees to make reservations online at


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