Authors:

  • Raj Chetty

Excerpt

October 2023, Paper: "There's no higher compliment, in my view, for an academic than seeing that your work has had a real impact on people's lives, so this conference is incredibly meaningful to me. And of course, that impact is only possible because of the work you all do, so I'm very grateful for all of your efforts. As I was reflecting on what I'd talk about this afternoon, it occurred to me that my own life, the opportunities I've had, have really been because of housing mobility, not so much at the local level, but in an international sense. My parents grew up in low income families in South India, and moved to the United States in search of the American dream, in search of better opportunities for themselves and especially for their kids, like countless other immigrants. And when they moved to the United States, which was back in the 1960s, the U.S. was truly a land of opportunity, much more so than it is today. "