The 2008 Young Economist Award goes to Raj Chetty of Berkeley. Raj Chetty has done extensive research on taxation, unemployment, social insurance and risk preferences. His notable spectrum of research includes "Dividend Taxes and Corporate Behavior: Evidence from the 2003 Dividend Tax Cut". The work has been published in Quarterly Journal of Economics together with Emmanuel Saez. Raj Chetty is also a faculty member at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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