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Raj Chetty is the William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he also directs Opportunity Insights, a research organization that studies economic mobility. His research focuses on the measurement and explanation of mobility across income and social strata, with particular attention to the role of government policies. He has been an NBER affiliate since 2003.

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  Measuring poverty is a long-standing challenge. The official US poverty rate is based on households’ before-tax-and-transfer income....
The graph is a line chart titled "Estimates of Homeless Population in Shelters."  The y-axis, which ranges from 100,000 to 500,000, plots the estimates of the sheltered homeless population. The x-axis spans the years 2007 to 2018.   Estimates from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the American Community Survey (ACS), and the Census are plotted.  The time series of HUD's point-in-time estimates goes from 2007 to 2018 and hovers around 400,000 for most of this period.  The ACS' definition
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Counting the homeless population involves substantial challenges, most importantly the inability to use address-based survey approaches that are the...
Social Security Panel Discussion: The Labor Market Effects of COVID-19: Implications for Social Security in the US Primary tabs
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound effects on the US labor market. Some of these — most notably the drop in...
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