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Full Day, Invite-only Conference Will Feature Stellar Keynote Speakers: Matthew Desmond and Sendhil Mullainathan of Harvard and Raj Chetty and Caroline Hoxby of Stanford
NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwired - January 11, 2017)—On Monday, February 6, 2017, Robin Hood, New York's largest poverty-fighting organization, and the Russell Sage Foundation, the nation's premier foundation devoted to social science research, will host their first annual Poverty Solutions Conference. The event is an invitation-only conference focused on developing new approaches to reducing poverty.
Unlike other conferences, there will be no audience -- only participants. Four of the most highly regarded researchers in the country will present innovative ideas related to poverty fighting. Then, the invitees—a cross-disciplinary group of leaders from academia, government, non-profits, corporations and foundations—will begin to work to translate them into concrete interventions funders can support. The keynote speakers are:
Raj Chetty, a professor of economics at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Opportunity Lab. Chetty will present his most recent research on opportunity and ideas for giving children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances at succeeding, particularly through housing policy. Prof. Chetty, one of the youngest tenured professors in Harvard's history, received the John Bates Clark medal, given to the best American economist under 40 and a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant.
Matthew Desmond, a professor of the social sciences at Harvard, co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. Prof. Desmond will present research on eviction. In 2016, he published "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. His work focuses on the prevalence and long-term consequences of eviction.
Caroline Hoxby, the Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics at Stanford and director of the Economics of Education Program for the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prof. Hoxby will share her work on matching low-income students with colleges at which they can succeed. Additionally, she'll review the long-term impact of New York City's charter schools on students' educational, employment and earnings outcomes. Hoxby has received the Smithsonian's Ingenuity Award; Sloan, Carnegie and John M. Olin Fellowships; a National Tax Association Award, and the Thomas J. Fordham Prize for Distinguished Scholarship.
Sendhil Mullainathan, the Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics at Harvard University and co-founder of ideas42, a non-profit organization that applies behavioral science to social impact initiatives. Prof. Mullainathan will explore ways machine learning can be used to produce social good. He received a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant and now serves on the MacArthur board, and he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.