The Art and Practice of Economics Research
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The Art and Practice of Economics Research

Lessons from Leading Minds

Simon W. Bowmaker

The Art and Practice of Economics Research provides an in-depth look into the research methods of leading economists from across the United States and Europe. This innovative volume contains 25 interviews with practicing economists, presenting insightful personal accounts into an often-misunderstood field.
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Chapter: Raj Chetty (Harvard University)

Simon W. Bowmaker


Raj Chetty was born in New Delhi, India in 1979 and obtained a BA in economics from Harvard College in 2000 before obtaining a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 2003. Between 2003 and 2008, he taught economics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received tenure at the age of 27. He then moved to Harvard University in 2009 as Professor of Economics and, at the age of 29, became one of the youngest people to achieve tenure in the history of the Department of Economics at Harvard. Professor Chetty’s research focuses on theoretical and empirical issues relating to taxation, unemployment, risk preferences, and social insurance. His most-cited papers in chronological order include ‘Dividend Taxes and Corporate Behavior: Evidence from the 2003 Dividend Tax Cut’, Quarterly Journal of Economics (2005), co-authored with Emmanuel Saez, ‘A New Method of Estimating Risk Aversion’, American Economic Review (2006), ‘Consumption Commitments and Risk Preferences’, Quarterly Journal of Economics (2007), co-authored with Adam Szeidl, ‘Cash-on-Hand and Competing Models of Intertemporal Behavior: New Evidence from the Labor Market’, Quarterly Journal of Economics (2007), co-authored with David Card and Andrea Weber, and ‘Salience and Taxation: Theory and 129 Columns Design XML Ltd / Job: Bowmaker-Art_and_Practice_Economics_Research / Division: 07Chetty /Pg. Position: 1 / Date: 9/7 JOBNAME: Bowmaker PAGE: 2 SESS: 3 OUTPUT: Thu Aug 23 16:50:48 2012 130 The art and practice of economics research Evidence’, American Economic Review (2009), co-authored with Adam Looney and Kory Kroft. Professor Chetty...

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