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Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures

Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures 2016 - Improving equality of opportunity, new lessons from big data: Upward mobility, innovation and economic growth

Raj Chetty (Harvard University)

Wednesday 26 October 2016 18:30 - 20:00

Old Theatre, Ground Floor, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

Lionel Robbins Memorial Lecture Series

Improving Equality of Opportunity: New Lessons from Big Data

Date: Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th October 2016
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: LSE Old Theatre
Speaker: Professor Raj Chetty

In this series of lectures, Raj Chetty will discuss findings from the Equality of Opportunity Project, which uses big data to develop new answers to this important and timely policy question. The presentation will show how children's opportunities to climb the income ladder vary substantially depending upon where they grow up.It will then identify factors that contribute to this geographic variation in opportunities for upward mobility. The talks will conclude by offering policy lessons for how social mobility and economic opportunity can be increased in the next generation.

Lecture 1: The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility
(Chair: Prof. Steve Machin, CEP Director)
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Lecture 2: Policies to Improve Upward Mobility
(Chair: Prof. Robin Burgess, IGC & STICERD, LSE)
Lecture 3: Upward Mobility, Innovation, and Economic Growth
(Chair: Prof. Henrik Kleven, CEP, IGC & STICERD, LSE)

About the speaker: Raj Chetty is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University. His current research focuses on using big data to help design more effective government policies. Professor Chetty is a recipient of the John Bates Clark medal, given to the best American economist under age 40, and a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" award.

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