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White Paper on Boston Marathon Bombing Released

A white paper entitled "Why Was Boston Strong? Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing," was publicly released on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The report highlights a number of factors that contributed to a largely successful response and emphasizes what, exactly, made Boston Strong and resilient in the face of tragedy. It also provides a set of recommendations for jurisdictions to consider going forward.

Read the paper and more about the research team's initiative here.

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Professor Brigitte Madrian Appointed to FINRA Board of Governors

Taubman Center faculty member, Professor Brigitte Madrian has been appointed as a public Governor to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Board of Governors.

Read more about Professor Madrian's research and new appointment here.

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President Obama Refers to Saguaro Seminar White Paper in Economic Mobility Speech

A Saguaro Seminar study co-authored by Robert Putnam, Carl Frederick, and Kaisa Snellman provided the social science behind President Obama's economic mobility speech.

Read more about the study and speech here.

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WSJ Op-Ed from Professor Paul Peterson: "The Obama Setback for Minority Education"

Read the latest op-ed from Professor Paul Peterson (Program on Education Policy and Governance): "The Obama Setback for Minority Education."

Steady gains for black and Hispanic students under No Child Left Behind have come to a virtual standstill. Read more here.

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Robert Putnam Awarded National Humanities Medal by National Endowment for the Arts

Taubman affiliate Robert Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, has been awarded the National Humanities Medal by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). He received his medal at a ceremony at the White House on July 10th. According to a White House press release, "Putnam’s writing and research inspire us to improve institutions that make society worth living in, and his insights challenge us to be better citizens." MORE >

Read the Harvard Gazette story on Putnam's award here.

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Preliminary Thoughts and Observations on the Boston Marathon Bombing from the Program on Crisis Leadership

Arn Howitt and Dutch Leonard have written a Program on Crisis Leadership (PCL) discussion paper about their initial thoughts and observations about the marathon bombing. You can read their paper here.

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Support for State and Local Governments Announced to Develop Innovative Approach to Social Programs

The Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab (SIB Lab) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced today that, with funding from The Rockefeller Foundation, it will be offering pro bono technical assistance to support four more state and local governments in implementing a “pay-for-success” approach to social spending using social impact bonds. Over the past year, the SIB Lab has helped Massachusetts and New York State develop this approach. MORE >

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The Tohuku Disaster: Responding to Japan's 3/11 Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accident

On November 14th, Arn Howitt, faculty co-director of the Program on Crisis Leadership, led a seminar on the Japanese government's emergency management response to the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. How did they rate? How did the different levels of government respond? You can find out for yourself here.

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New study by Filipe Campante finds that isolated capital cities are more associated with corruption

Taubman Center affiliate professor Filipe Campante has authored a recent study which finds that capital cities that are more isolated have a higher association with corruption.

Campante and his co-author Quoc-Anh Do of Singapore Management University recently told the New York Times: "Massachusetts, with its population quite concentrated around Boston, is measured as considerably less corrupt than New York and its isolated Albany... and Boston newspaper readers might be more interested in what goes on in Beacon Hill than the New York papers' is in what takes place in Albany."

You can find the full text of the paper here.

For more media coverage on the study:
New York Times
New York Daily News
LA Times

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Systems Failure: A new article on Emergency Management in Japan by the Program on Crisis Leadership's Arn Howitt and Dutch Leonard

Arn Howitt and Dutch Leonard have authored a new article in the journal Crisis/Response about the after effects of the natural disasters in Japan, and how the country's emergency systems responded.

Howitt and and Leonard say that "the threat of large-scale systems failure requires emergency managers to take bold steps to avert or mitigate damage and to be ready for more complex and extensive emergency responses."

You can read the article here.

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New Policy Brief Examines Seven Notable Trends From Newly Released Census Data

In a new Rappaport Institute/Taubman Center Policy Brief titled Which Places are Growing?  Seven Notable Trends From Newly Released Census Data,  Edward Glaeser, director of both the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, identifies seven key facts about county-level population growth that emerge from census data that were released on March 24, 2011.  The seven facts are:

1.    Population growth was much higher in counties with higher incomes as of 2000.  Americans unsurprisingly moved to areas that deliver higher wages.
2.    January temperature continues to be a strong predictor of population growth.  This fact reflects both a natural affinity for warmth, and also the tendency of many Sunbelt areas to have fewer barriers to building.
3.    Population growth was faster near ports.  While 19th century Americans populated the American hinterland, 21st century Americans are moving to the country’s periphery.
4.    People are moving to dense areas, but not the densest areas.  Despite the decline in transportation costs, people are still disproportionately moving to places that had higher density levels as of 2000, responding to the enormous productivity advantages associated with proximity.
5.    The education level of a county as of 2000 strongly predicts population growth over the last decade.  Again, this trend reflects the tendency of skilled areas to generate far higher incomes.
6.    Manufacturing employment predicts lower population growth.  While manufacturing has predicted urban decline for decades, the connection between manufacturing and lower levels of growth across all U.S. counties is a more recent phenomenon.
7.    Limits to housing supply that come from either nature or regulation will also limit population growth.  The most expensive areas have not grown all that much and the areas that have grown most demonstrably are not that expensive.

Glaeser concludes by noting that while these trends do not dictate any particular public policies or suggest any particular course of action, they should be relevant for policy-makers at both the local and the national level.

The full text of “Which Places are Growing?  Seven Notable Trends From Newly Released Census Data,” is available here.

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Crisis in Japan: Dutch Leonard authors new paper

Professor Herman (Dutch) Leonard, Program on Crisis Leadership, has authored a paper on the crisis in Japan, titled "Preliminary Observations on the Japanese 3/11 Earthquake and Tsunami."

The short paper provides a general background on the earthquake/tsunami hazard, discusses how well-prepared Japan was for the event, and explores what the response and recovery processes will likely entail.

To read a copy of the paper, please click here.

You can read more information about the Program on Crisis Leadership or Professor Dutch Leonard on their websites.

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Taubman Center Director Edward Glaeser appeared on The Daily Show

Taubman Center Director Edward Glaeser appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on February 14th to promote his new book Triumph of the City. Watch the very enjoyable five minute video here (Flash required).

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Edward Glaeser's new book, Triumph of the City, is out now!


Over 249 million Americans, or two-thirds of us, live on the three percent of land that contains our cities. Yet cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, crime-ridden, expensive, environmentally unfriendly...or are they? In Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier (The Penguin Press), Edward Glaeser, Harvard's pioneering and iconoclastic urban expert, shatters these myths and reveals the physical, cultural, and economic miracles that unfold every day in our cities. He also makes an urgent, eloquent case for appreciating and supporting our cities, no matter where we live. 

Pick up a copy at your local bookstore, and find out if Ed is coming to a city near you:

You can also follow Triumph on Twitter, and become a fan on Facebook.

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Edward Glaeser Elected Member by American Academy of Arts and Sciences


April 19, 2010 
Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp professor of economics; director, Taubman Center for State and Local Government; director, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard Kennedy School, is among the two hundred and twenty-nine leaders in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs and the nonprofit sector who have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

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Kennedy School Team places 2nd at the 2010 Education Leadership Case Competition!


Pittsburgh Public Schools:
The Pathway to the Promise Starts Here

On February 13th Kennedy School students Thackston Lundy, Kendall Fitch, Jonathan Bailey, and Edith Coakley competed against other business school teams at the Education Leadership Case Competition at the Hass School at UC-Berkeley and came away with 2nd place!  This year’s competition focused on Pittsburgh Public Schools and the nationally recognized work of Superintendent Mark Roosevelt. The presentations were judged by a panel that included Mark Roosevelt, marking the first time in the history of the competition that the head of an urban school district has attended as a judge.  Other judges included Amy Malen and Holly O’Donnell, both of the Pittsburg Public Schools. 

The Taubman Center is extremely proud to have helped sponsor these exceptional students. 

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