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Harvard Report Praises Response to Marathon Bombings – Christine Cole, Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard
Boston Globe, April 3, 2014
Program in Criminal Justice, HKS, HBS and HLS researchers release white paper on response to Marathon Bombing events
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Note: This research also cited in other media reports including Reuters, Boston.com/AP, and Harvard Gazette.

How to Give Low-Income Students the Chance they Deserve - Avery
Chronicle of Higher Education, October 7, 2013
Income heavily affects college choices, despite academic qualifications

As Government Shuts Down, Obamacare Moves Forward - Blendon
Washington Post, October 1, 2013
Launch of the new health-care system “is a historic evolution of events"

Explaining the Gender Gap - Mansbridge
Washington Post, September 30, 2013
Explaining the broader context of why biases against and disadvantages for women persist and what can be done about them

Year-End Rush to Use It or Lose It Leads to Bad Government Spending - Liebman
Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2013
Paper supplants anecdotal evidence on spending with hard data

Pincer Movement - Liebman
Economist, September 28, 2013
Paper explains how spending increased for federal food aid to the poor

Swing States Sit Out Obamacare: What Four Holdouts Are Doing - Blendon
Daily Beast, September 27, 2013
Ideology v. pragmatism battle within the Republican party

As Ad War Heats Up, White House Pushes to Enroll Millions in Obamacare - Blendon
Reuters, September 24, 2013
Anticipates certain states to look like different countries healthcare-wise

Economy Can’t Be All That’s Slowing Health Costs - Chandra
Bloomberg, September 24, 2013
Explanations suggest something larger at work

The Hard Truths of Cutting Health Spending in One Tweet - Chandra
Washington Post, September 16, 2013
Message illustrates 'policy real talk' in <140 characters

How Math's Most Famous Prize Affects the Productivity of the Geniuses Who Win It - Borjas
Business Insider, September 10, 2013
Study shows that winning big can kill productivity

What are 'Social Impact Bonds,' and Will they be Good for Michigan? - Liebman
MichiganRadio, September 9, 2013
State named in national competition to receive assistance from Harvard's 'Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab'

Inside a New York Drug Clinic, Allegations of Kickbacks and Shoddy Care - Sparrow
ProPublica, September 9, 2013
Recomends rigorous audits at clinics with pattern of bad practices

Michigan Will Seek Investors for Social Program - Liebman
Associated Press, September 8, 2013
HKS sending Fellow to help launch initiative in developing pay-for-success contracts using social impact bonds

How Can we Expand College Access to Low-Income Students? - Christopher Avery
Reuters, September 4, 2013
Finances push students toward lower-prices schools that do not prepare them for successful careers

Immigration Plan Bad for U.S. Workers - George Borjas
USA Today, September 4, 2013
Research shows wage drop of low-skill workers who haven't completed high school

Female Doctors Earn $50K Less than Male Doctors - Amitabh Chandra 
Washington Post, September 3, 2013
Even without the specialty adjustment, the space between male and female doctors’ salaries still merits examination 

On the Killing Floor, Clues to the Impact of Immigration on Jobs - George Borjas
Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2013 
Economists disagree on what new flows of immigrants mean for American workers

House GOP: Welfare Reform 2.0 for Food Stamps - Jeffrey Liebman Politico, August 8, 2013
Draft paper offers perspective and explaines increased enrollment

Health Care Inflation and the Arithmetic of Labor Taxes - Amitabh Chandra
New York Times, August 7, 2013 
Research points to less benign sources that raise employer health insurance costs without creating commensurate value for employees

More News & Events


Student award winners and papers announced on Class Day.


Program in Criminal Justice News: PCJ/HKS/HBS/HLS White Paper Examines Response to Boston Marathon Bombing Events – “Why Was Boston Strong?” (.pdf)


NEW! Video of Oct 9 Wiener Lecture with Mario Draghi, President of Central European Bank and HKS news article recap of the event 

Inequality & Social Policy Seminar Series

Connect to HKS Executive Education for information on the June 2014 Program, Using Evidence to Improve Social Program Effectiveness


Bruce Western on U.S. Wage Inequalities
Bruce Western
Bruce Western, Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.

"Overall trends were driven by movements at the top and the bottom of the wage distribution," wrote Western.


Investigating Prisoner Reentry: The Impact of Conviction Status on the Employment Prospects of Young Men
Investigating Prisoner Reentry: The Impact of Conviction Status on the Employment Prospects of Young Men by Deva Pager and Bruce WesternThe Malcolm Wiener Center welcomes Devah Pager to HKS as Professor of Public Policy. This book (pictured) was co-authored with Bruce Western.