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Children’s chances of earning more than their parents have fallen from 90% to 50% over the past half century in America. How can we restore the American Dream of upward mobility for all children? In this two-day lecture series, Raj Chetty, director of Opportunity Insights, will show how big data from varied sources ranging from anonymized tax records to Facebook social network data is helping us uncover the science of economic opportunity.
Among other topics, the first lecture will explore how and why children’s chances of climbing the income ladder vary across neighborhoods, the drivers of racial disparities in economic mobility, and the role of social capital as a driver of upward mobility. The second lecture will give specific examples of pilot studies and interventions in each of these domains that are help inform the design of policy and practice from the federal to state to local levels, including at institutions of higher education such as UC Berkeley.
Tickets for the in-person lecture are sold out, but the event will be live streamed on the Berkeley Graduate Lectures website.