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Amitabh Chandra's Washington Post commentary on healthcare costs
Washington Post
December 8, 2009

We've had a pretty good discussion this year on the public option and on "death panels." But for all the hype over health-care reform, we have not done a very good job of talking about the health-care system itself -- in particular, why our system is so expensive. As a result, we're not doing a very good job of fixing it. There's still time...

Worries grow that health overhaul could price out many
December 6, 2009

President Obama has promised that the nation’s health care overhaul will make medical insurance available - and affordable - for everyone. But while bills in Congress would make insurance more accessible for millions of Americans, advocates worry that the Senate bill would impose significant financial burdens on some of the families...

Anthony Braga receives U.S. Attorney General's Award
United States Department of Justice
October 21, 2009

The Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Public Safety recognizes outstanding achievement in the development and support of community partnerships designed to address public safety within a community.

Wiener Center sponsors Forum event with HSPH Dean Julio Frenk
October 14, 2009

"The world is experiencing one of the most tense and intense health transformations in history."

"History has shown that the most enlightened social protection measures have been enacted precisely at times of economic or political crisis." Watch the speech >

Harvard report: A new kinder, gentler LAPD
Los Angeles Daily News
May 18, 2009

...After facing its darkest days following the Rodney King beating and Rampart police scandal in the 1990s, the Los Angeles Police Department has significantly redeemed itself in the eyes of the public, according to a Harvard University study released Monday.

How not to pay for healthcare
Boston Globe
May 18, 2009

President Obama has gone to great lengths not to repeat the mistakes of Bill and Hillary Clinton as he works with Congress toward an overhaul of the nation's healthcare system. But there are those in the administration and Congress pushing the president to duplicate a strategic blunder in an even earlier reform initiative...

L.A. still needs more cops
L.A. Times
May 16, 2009

This coming week, criminal justice experts from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government will release a study they've done on how the LAPD has fared since the imposition of the federal consent decree under which the department now operates.

Book Review: "Once the Shore"
New York Times
April 23, 2009

Paul Yoon, former faculty assistant to Jenny Mansbridge, Sandy Jencks and Pepper Culpepper, published his first book which was reviewed by Joan Silber in the Sunday New York Times Book Review.

HKS Profs Named Carnegie Scholars

Harvard Crimson
April 15, 2009

Two Harvard Kennedy School professors will receive grants of up to $100,000 after being named 2009 Carnegie Scholars yesterday by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for their research on Islam and dedication to public outreach and understanding.

Book Review: More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City
New York Times
March 6, 2009

Book review of William Julius Wilson's new book More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City.


The Kaiser Family Foundation sponsored research
November 6, 2008

The Kaiser Family Foundation has sponsored research by faculty member Bob Blendon. He, and several co-authors, have written an analysis, published in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, examining voters' attitudes towards the US healthcare system.

Warren J. Mitofsky Award Recipient
October, 2008

The Roper Center has announced that Wiener Center faculty member Robert Blendon is this year's recipient of the Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research. The full announcement is below.


Muhammad Yunus Delivers Malcolm Wiener Lecture in Political Economy
October 13, 2007

On Saturday, October 13, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammed Yunus presented the Malcolm Wiener Lecture in Political Economy in the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum. The Forum audience was at capacity for this event where Yunus spoke about founding the Grameen Bank and his efforts at eliminating poverty in Bangladesh through the bank's lending programs and social business investments.

"Honoring Nations"conference
Harvard University Gazette
October 4, 2007

Imagine the map of the United States as it really is. Not 50 states, but 50 states plus 562 sovereign nations — the 562 federally recognized American Indian tribes and communities that exist within U.S. borders.

... Imagining that realistic map was possible at Honoring Nations, a Sept. 26-28 conference celebrating tribal governance. About 150 registrants from tribes across the country attended panels and speeches in the Taubman Building at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The event was sponsored by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (HPAIED), housed within the Kennedy School’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. “Part of our mission here is to break stereotypes,” said HPAIED Director Joseph P. Kalt, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Kennedy School. That includes a reminder that Indian nations are complex and culturally diverse.


Crime, Justice, and Growth in South Africa: Toward a Plausible Contribution from Criminal Justice to Economic Growth
September 20, 2006

A new KSG working paper by Christopher Stone of the center's Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management looks at the correlation between crime and growth in South Africa.

Labor Movement: As U.S. Debates Guest Workers, They Are Here Now
Wall Street Journal
September 18, 2006

Center faculty member George Borjas is quoted in this Wall Street Journalarticle looking at the effect of guest workers on U.S. wages.

Harvard to end early admission
The Boston Globe
September 12, 2006

Christopher Avery of the Malcolm Wiener Center and his research are referenced in this Boston Globe article on Harvard's decision to eliminate early admission to the College.

AP Poll: Signs of doubt cloud the war on terror
The Associated Press
September 1, 2006

Robert Blendon is quoted in this article analyzing the results of a recently conducted AP poll about the war on terror.

A Wave of Alarm: With fewer officers, Lowell police shift gears as murder rate spirals
Boston Globe
July 27, 2006

Anthony A. Braga, a senior research associate and a lecturer in public policy at the Malcolm Wiener Center, is quoted in this article about violent crime in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Borrowing Language of Civil Rights Movement, Drive Is On to Unionize Guards
The New York Times
July 26, 2006

William Julius Wilson of the Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program is quoted in this article about a nationwide unionization drive for security guards.

Bane named academic dean at KSG
Harvard University Gazette
July 20, 2006

Excerpt: Mary Jo Bane, Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management, has been named the new academic dean at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government (KSG). Bane will succeed Stephen M. Walt, who served in the role over the past four years.

Many Could Ignore Hurricane Evacuation
The Associated Press
July 20, 2006

Robert Blendon's new survey focusing on hurricane evacuation is discussed in this Associated Press article. Blendon is a faculty member at both the Wiener Center/KSG and the Harvard School of Public Health. This AP article also appeared in the July 21 issue of the Boston Globe.

The Immigration Equation
The New York Times Magazine
July 9, 2006

George Borjas of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy is profiled in this story about his research on the economic impacts of immigration in America.

Calculating College Costs
July 5, 2006

Susan M. Dynarski, a Wiener Center/KSG associate professor of public policy and Harvard doctoral candidate Judith E. Scott-Clayton recently co-authored a new paper on the costs of complexity in the college financial aid system.

Bitter Arguments of Past Still Echo
The Miami Herald
May 21, 2006

Christopher Jencks of the Wiener Center discusses immigration in this recent article from the Miami Herald.

U.S. Immigration Debate is a Road Well Traveled
The Washington Post
May 8, 2006

Christopher Jencks of the Malcolm Wiener Center is quoted in this Washington Post article on U.S. immigration policy.

A Glut of Guns
The Boston Globe
March 20, 2006

An editorial in today's Boston Globeexamines the flow of illegal guns in Boston, and cites research from Anthony Braga of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Malcolm Wiener Center.

Excerpt: Almost two-thirds of the illegal guns recovered by Boston police in 2004 had been in circulation for at least seven years since their original, legitimate retail sale, according to Anthony Braga, a researcher at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Braga, one of two dozen experts who participated in a daylong handgun violence summit at Northeastern University recently, cited straw purchases, theft, off-the-books gun dealing, gun shows, and flea markets as pathways for guns used in crimes. Last year, 341 people were shot, 51 fatally, in Boston neighborhoods where a gun seller found a willing buyer. And that carnage came about despite the seizure of roughly 800 guns by Boston police.

Poll: 60% of Americans are worried about bird flu
Associated Press
February 24, 2006

Nearly 60% of Americans are concerned about the bird flu, but fewer than one-third think it will show up in the United States this year, according to an Associated Press report printed in USA Today. The report is based upon a public opinion poll conducted by Robert Blendon who is a professor of health policy at the KSG's Malcolm Wiener Center and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Boston Crime Rates on the Rise
The Harvard Crimson
February 15, 2006

Wiener Center lecturer Anthony Braga is quoted in this story about the increase in violent crimes in Boston, part of a nationwide trend of heightened violence.

Score Gap Initiative Sparks Debate; Plan to look at scores by race raises criticism
The Harvard Crimson
February 15, 2006

Ronald Ferguson of the Wiener Center is quoted in this story about local and national benchmarking initiatives to close the achievement gap between minority and white students.

Center Faculty in the News
February 15, 2006

Christopher Stone of the Wiener Center's Program in Criminal Justice Policy/Management discusses the particular strengths of Boston and New York in fighting crime in the "Thinking Big" feature of the Sunday Boston Globe.


Center Faculty in the News
December 16, 2005

Ronald Ferguson - How One Suburb's Black Students Gain(New York Times)

Jeff Liebman - Social Security Policy Experts Hope to Reignite Debate with New Plan - (Congress Daily)

Malcolm Wiener Center Annual Awards Program Winners Announced
June 7, 2005

Manual C. Carballo Memorial Prize: Nicole Ireland and Margery Yeager
Frederick Fischer Memorial Prize: Robert Jackson and Jesse Jannetta
Taubman Center Urban Prize: Mary Elizabeth May
Susan C. Eaton Memorial Prize: Erin O'Driscoll and Andrew Whitehouse

Press Release
January 5, 2005
Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development Report: The U.S. Census Data on American Indians: 1990 v. 2000