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A round-up of Inequality & Social Policy participants in recent news.
Updated 6.13.2012


“Can Unions Become Relevant Again?”
Reuters/6.7.2012
Article about faculty member Bruce Western and Jake Rosenfield’s analysis of unions in politics and economics.


“Insight: Can Occupy Wall Street Survive?”
Reuters/6.7.2012
Article on the political viability of the Occupy movement, quoting faculty member Theda Skocpol on why the movement is over.


“Job Market Hollows out in the Middle”
Bloomberg/6.7.2012
Article about the increasing unemployment, quoting faculty member Lawrence F. Katz on the sclerosis of the job market.


“It’s Worse Than You Think: Halftime Between Two Lost Decades”
The Atlantic/6.7.2012
Article about the economic recession, quoting faculty members Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz on the effect of technology on employment.


“’The Golden Goose Fallacy’: Fear of Killing Health Care Jobs”
WBUR/6.6.2012
Article about Massachusetts proposals to cut health care costs, quoting faculty member Amitabh Chandra from a radio interview about the politics of health care.


“Protecting Health Care Jobs Shouldn’t Be Part of Cost-Control Debate, Harvard Economists Argue”
Boston Globe/6.6.2012
Article highlighting a paper by faculty member Amitabh Chandra, with Katherine Baicker, on the health care job market, quoting Chandra.


“Women Kill the Buzz for Guys Who Hire, Fire Them”
Bloomberg View/6.6.2012
Op-ed about women in the workplace, noting faculty member Claudia Goldin’s research, with Cecilia Rouse, on the results of blind hiring.


“Cayo: Think Globally and Act Locally?”
The Vancouver Sun/6.6.2012
Article highlighting faculty member Edward L. Glaeser’s views on the environmental impact of cities.


“Peterson, Howell and West: Teachers Unions Have a Popularity Problem”
The Wall Street Journal/6.4.2012
Article by faculty member Paul E. Peterson and others on how teachers unions are losing public opinion battles.


“Letting the Right People Vote”
The American Prospect/6.4.2012
Article about the Republican Party and voter turnout, quoting faculty member Alexander Keyssar from his book, The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States.


“Political Science Releases Report on ‘Democratic Imperatives: Innovations in Rights, Participation, and Economic Citizenship’”
The Sacramento Bee/6.4.2012
Article on new report from American Political Science Association Task Force on Democracy, Economic Security, and Social Justice in a Volatile World, which includes faculty member Archon Fung


“Rural Teachers Deserve Equal Pay in Washington State”
The Seattle Times/6.3.2012
Op-ed about recommendations made regarding teacher pay, quoting faculty member Ronald Ferguson on salary differentials and teacher quality.


“High-Wage Industries Hire, but Wages Fall”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/6.2.2012
Article about declining wages, quoting faculty member Richard B. Freeman on the peculiarity of the magnitude of the decline.


“Free Trade May Not Allay Poverty”
The Star/6.2.2012
Review of faculty member Dani Rodrik’s book, The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy.


“Studying the Value and Worth of Modern Life”
LiveScience/5.31.2012
Article profiling faculty member Michéle  Lamont and her research on racial and class inequality.


“James O’Keefe Scams Voter Fraud and Voter ID Laws into Existence”
ColorLines/5.31.2012
Article about James O’Keefe and voter fraud claims, quoting faculty member Alexander Keyssar’s findings on voter fraud in history.


“Competitors on the Court, but Economic Teammates”
New York Times/5.30.2012
Article about the economic policy of the mayors of Louisville and Lexington, KY, quoting faculty member Edward L. Glaeser on the lack of correlation between high-tech manufacturing and jobs creation.


“The End of Work?”
The Huffington Post/5.30.2012
Article about the persistence of unemployment, highlighting the role of education as argued by faculty members Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz in their book, The Race Between Education and Technology.


“Why More Athletes Are Sporting Eyewear”
American Public Media Marketplace/5.30.2012
Freakonomics radio interview about the economic value of eyewear to athletes, quoting faculty member Roland G. Fryer on the possibility that the eyewear is signaling marketability.


“U.S. Rep. Hastings Says Florida’s Noncitizen Voter Purge is ‘Backdoor Poll Tax’”
PolitiFact/5.29.2012
Article about Florida’s noncitizen voter purge, quoting faculty member Alexander Keyssar on the impact of class versus race.


“Minimum Wage Advocates Renew NY Push This Week”
NECN/5.28.2012
Article about possible minimum wage hike in New York, quoting faculty member Richard B. Freeman on the unlikelihood that increasing the minimum wage with negatively impact the economy.


“The Stakes Are High in the U.S.”
New Statesman/5.25.2012
Article on the importance of the 2012 presidential election, quoting faculty member Theda Skocpol on its possible consequences.


“Homelessness: How Government Policy Makes It Worse”
Wilson County News/5.25.2012
Article about the politics of homelessness, quoting faculty member Christopher Jencks on the effect of shelters on the homeless.


“Ahead of the Learning Curve”
Harvard Gazette/5.24.2012
Article that includes faculty member Ronald Ferguson’s view on the future of teaching and the classroom at Harvard.


“Caught in the Cycle of Poverty”
Los Angeles Times/5.24.2012
Article about the struggles of poor parents, quoting faculty member Kathryn Edin on the long-term effects of poverty.


“Yale Honors Harvardians”
Harvard Magazine/5.22.2012
Article highlighting honorary Yale degrees, including faculty member William Julius Wilson.


“Romney Names Education Policy Advisors”
Education Week/5.22.2012
Article highlighting Mitt Romney’s education policy advisors, including faculty member Paul E. Peterson.


“Mitt Romney Announces Education Policy Team”
Boston Globe/5.22.2012
Article highlighting Mitt Romney’s education policy advisors, including faculty member Paul E. Peterson.


“Rod Paige, Other Bush Administration Appointees Named to Mitt Romney’s Education Advisory Group”
The Washington Post/5.22.2012
Article highlighting Mitt Romney’s education policy advisors, including faculty member Paul E. Peterson.


“Secondary Sources: Jobs and States, Lawyers without Licenses, Euro Zone Crisis”
The Wall Street Journal/5.22.2012
Roundup of economic news quoting faculty member Edward L. Glaeser on the state-by-state variation in employment conditions.


“The Truth About College Aid: It’s Corporate Welfare”
The Atlantic/5.21.2012
Article about where student aid money really goes, highlighting work by faculty member Claudia Goldin, with Stephanie Riegg Cellini, on tuition hikes at for-profit colleges.


“Gates Puts the Focus on Teaching”
New York Times/5.21.2012
Op-ed about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s work in education, highlighting the work of faculty member Thomas J. Kane, quoted in the piece on the intent to increase student achievement.


“Meet Your Hedge Fund Landlord”
Mother Jones/5.18.2012
Article on the housing crisis, quoting faculty member Matthew Desmond on rising rents.


“Why the Upcoming Presidential Election Is One of the Most Important in US History: An Interview with Theda Skocpol”
Open Democracy/5.18.2012
Interview with faculty member Theda Skocpol on the importance of the 2012 presidential election.


“Labor Economist Richard Freeman to Liken New Innovation Measurement to GDP at STEM Enterprise Event at AAAS in June”
The Wall Street Journal Market Watch/5.17.2012
Article highlighting faculty member Richard B. Freeman’s keynote address at the American Association for the Advancement of Science STEM workshop on the relation between innovation and GDP.


“The Limits of Density”
The Atlantic Cities/5.16.2012
Article about urban life and the limits of density, quoting faculty member Edward L. Glaeser on the benefits of cities.


“Most Common Birthdays: Infographic Shows Number of Babies Born on Every Day of the Year”
The Huffington Post/5.16.2012
Article highlighting research by faculty member Amitabh Chandra on birth rates for specific days of the year.


“Investment, the Engine of U.S. Prosperity, Is Underrated”
Bloomberg View/5.13.2012
Op-ed on how investment drives economic growth, including tables from faculty members Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz’s book, The Race Between Education and Technology.


“Meet Your Neighbors, if Only Online”
New York Times/5.12.2012
Article about social media, quoting faculty member Robert J. Sampson on community and highlighting his new book, Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect.


“Obama Backs Gay Marriage: Golden Rule Informs American Religion”

The Huffington Post/5.11.2012
Article about the Golden Rule in politics, quoting faculty member Robert Putnam’s book, American Grace.


“Doing Development Better”
Project Syndicate/5.11.2012
Article by faculty member Dani Rodrik on Jim Yong Kim’s appointment as World Bank president and Kim’s views on development policy and how to improve poverty.


“The Intensifying Debate Over Food Security”
EconoMonitor/5.9.2012
Article about market outcomes that discusses faculty member Dani Rodrik’s theory on the mutual incompatibility of democracy, national sovereignty, and global economic integration.


“The Influence of Neighbors”

Harvard Gazette/5.8.2012
Article highlighting faculty member Ryan Enos and his research on the political significance of neighborhoods.


“Immigration, Crime, and Population Decline in Chicago and Beyond”

Chicago Magazine/4.26.2012
Article about immigration in Chicago, quoting faculty member Robert J. Sampson on the decrease in crime.


“George F. Will: Governments Deserve the Freedom to Fail”
National Post/4.26.2012
Op-ed discussing Illinois’ probable insolvency and faculty member Paul E. Peterson’s paper, “Freedom to Fail: The Keystone of American Federalism.”


“1 in 2 New Graduates Are Jobless or Underemployed”
Boston Globe/4.23.2012
Article about unemployment among young people, quoting faculty member Richard B. Freeman on the projected income of recent college graduates.


“What’s Driving Inequality?”
Salon.com/4.23.2012
Article critiquing Timothy Noah’s book, The Great Divergence, noting the research on increasing wage inequality by faculty members Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz.


“More Than 20 Sixth Through Eighth Grade Students from Philadelphia Chosen to Participate in First National African-American Spelling Bee”
The Wall Street Journal Market Watch/4.19.2012
Article about African-American Spelling Bee, quoting faculty member Roland G. Fryer on the pressure on African-American students to be average.


“Six Books Worth Pursuing”
Harvard Gazette/4.19.2012
Article highlighting 6 books by Harvard authors, including faculty member Jennifer Hochschild’s Creating a New Racial Order (Princeton University Press, 2012).


“The Future of Self-Knowledge”
Harvard Gazette/4.18.2012
Article on a Harvard panel on genomics research and privacy, which included faculty member Archon Fung, quoted here on the value of customers’ data.


“Antipoverty Tax Program Offers Relief, Though Often Temporary”
New York Times/4.17.2012
Article about tax relief and poverty, quoting faculty member Kathryn Edin on the Earned Income Tax Credit and low wages.


“3 Years Later, What’s Become of the Tea Party?”
Boston Globe/4.14.2012
Article on the Tea Party quoting faculty member Theda Skocpol and discussing her book, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, with trainee Vanessa Williamson.


“Graying America Gets Wired to Cut Healthcare Costs”
Reuters/4.13.2012
Article about the effect of technology on cutting health care costs, quoting faculty member Amitabh Chandra on the costs of doctors.


“Unemployment Falls Fast in U.S. If Men Get College Degree”
Bloomberg Businessweek/4.11.2011
Article about the economic and social benefits of education, quoting faculty member Richard J. Murnane on the costs of low education on marriage rates.


“Do People Just Want to Live in Segregation? Not in Chicago”
Chicago Magazine/4.10.2012
Article about segregation, quoting faculty member Robert J. Sampson on neighborhoods and diversity.


“An Unholy Mix: How Politics Undermines Religion”
The Chicago Tribune/4.5.2012
Article about politics and religion, quoting faculty member Robert Putnam on the religious affiliations of Democrats and Republicans.


“Changing the World, in under 9 Minutes”
Harvard Gazette/4.4.2012
Article highlighting “One Harvard: Lectures that Last,” a dozen talks on innovation, including faculty member Ronald Ferguson’s talk on challenges in education.


“Notable & Quotable”
The Wall Street Journal/3.28.2012
Faculty member Theda Skocpol quoted on the significance of ObamaCare.


“Prostate Cancer Therapy Too Good to Be True Explodes Health Cost”
Bloomberg Business Week/3.26.2012
Article on proton-beam therapy and costs to health care, quoting faculty member Amitabh Chandra on the cost problems associated with the new therapy.


“Health-Care-Law Decision Will Have Far-Reaching Impact”
The Seattle Times/3.24.2012
Article highlighting Supreme Court arguments over Obamacare, quoting faculty member Amitabh Chandra on the limitations of the bill.


“Portrait of the Tea Party”
Harvard Gazette/3.22.2012
Article highlighting new book, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, by IGERG faculty member Theda Skocpol and trainee Vanessa Williamson.


“A Peek at Harvard’s Future”
Harvard Gazette/3.9.2012
Article highlighting Harvard panels for "The Future of the Present: Faculty Imagine the FAS at 400," one of which included faculty member Claudine Gay as a panelist.


“Harvard Professor: Here’s How Health Tech Can Be Too Costly”
Mashable/3.9.2012
Article and video discussing faculty member Amitabh Chandra’s views on the costs of health technology.


“Calabash: Orlando Patterson”
The Huffington Post/3.6.2012
Article profiling faculty member Orlando Patterson and his career balancing sociology and fiction writing.


“Evangelical Right Beguiled by Santorum’s Religious Credentials”
Irish Times/3.3.2012
Article on religion in politics and the findings in faculty member Robert Putnam’s book, American Grace.


“Crime and Punishment”
Boston Review/3.1.2012
Article by faculty member Bruce Western about mass incarceration and the effect of reduced imprisonment rates on crime.


“More U.S. Kids Living in High-Poverty Areas: Study”
Reuters/2.23.2012
Article about children living in high-poverty neighborhoods, quoting faculty member Robert J. Sampson on the neighborhood effect.


“For First Time, Obama Campaign Targets Santorum, Too”
MSNBC/2.21.2012
Article on Obama campaign, quoting faculty member Jeffrey Liebman on the national deficit and how Republican candidates’ proposals would affect it.


“UPI NewsTrack TopNews”
UPI/2.21.2012
Top news roundup, quoting faculty member Jeffrey Liebman on the national deficit and how Republican candidates’ proposals would affect it.


“Is This the End of Market Democracy?”
New York Times/2.19.2012
Article about the possible threat to the success of free market capitalism, quoting faculty members Richard B. Freeman and Lawrence F. Katz on the negative impact of economic inequality.


“Chicago as Urban Microcosm”
Harvard Gazette/2.14.2012
Article profiling faculty member Robert J. Sampson and his book, Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect.


“What to Do About ‘Coming Apart’”
New York Times/2.12.2012
Article profiling Charles Murray, quoting faculty member Christopher Jencks’s New York Review of Books review criticizing the book Losing Ground.


“Why Mitt Romney Is the Perfect Tea Party Candidate”
The Washington Post/2.6.2012
A Q&A with faculty member Theda Skocpol on the presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney and the Tea Party.


“White House Offers Plan to Lure Jobs to America”
New York Times/2.2.2012
Article about the new Presidential job plan, quoting faculty member Lawrence F. Katz on the unlikelihood of an increase in manufacturing jobs.


“Chicago: Less Segregated, Still Really Segregated”
Chicago Magazine/1.31.2012
Article highlighting a study by faculty member Edward L. Glaeser on the decline of segregation.


“Measuring Effective Teaching”
Harvard Gazette/1.30.2012
Article profiling the “Measuring Effective Teaching” project, led by faculty member Thomas J. Kane.


“Professor Criticizes Teacher Evaluations”
Harvard Crimson/1.27.2012
Article highlighting the views of faculty member Thomas J. Kane on the ineffectiveness of current teacher evaluations.


“Your Grandparents’ Tea Party”
Harvard Gazette/1.20.2012
Article highlighting a talk by faculty member Theda Skocpol and trainee Vanessa Williamson on their book, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.


“Survey Finds Rising Perception of Class Tension”
New York Times/1.11.2012
Article about economic inequality, quoting faculty member Christopher Jencks on the effect of unemployment on perceptions of inequality.


“When White People Lack ‘Bourgeois Values’”
Salon.com/1.9.2012
Article about the decline of two-parent households, quoting faculty member William Julius Wilson on the controversy surrounding the 1965 Moynihan Report.


“2011 Job Hopes Improved Most for Worst-Hit Groups”
Bloomberg Businessweek/1.6.2012
Article about job prospects during the recession, quoting faculty member Lawrence F. Katz on impact of the worsening economy on the less-educated.


“Women Beat Men to Jobs as Japan ‘Mancession’ Spurs Deflation”
Bloomberg Business Week/1.5.2012
Article on male unemployment in Japan, quoting faculty member Mary C. Brinton on the consequences of unemployment on marriage and birth rates.


“My Son’s Called African and I’m Upset; Why?”
The Root/12.16.2011
Article by faculty member Claudine Gay on the complications of teaching children about race.


“Dealing with Inequality”
Harvard Gazette/12.2.2011
Article highlighting Harvard panel, “The Growing Challenge of Inequality,” featuring faculty members Kathryn Edin, William Julius Wilson, Lawrence F. Katz, and Edward Glaeser.


“Harvard Kennedy School Well-Represented on FP’s List of Top 100 Global Thinkers”
Harvard Gazette/11.30.2011
Short article announcing Harvard representatives on Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers 2011, including faculty member Edward L. Glaeser.


“Jobs Wanted”
Harvard Gazette/11.30.2011
Article highlighting several Harvard faculty and their thoughts on unemployment, including faculty member Alexander Keyssar and faculty member Kathryn Edin.


“Middle-Class Area Shrinks as Income Gap Grows, New Report Finds”
New York Times/11.15.2011
Article about the influence of the income gap on neighborhoods, quoting faculty member William Julius Wilson on the rising inequality and its production of a two-tiered society.


“Village Revolts over Inequalities of Chinese Life”
New York Times/11.14.2011
Article about inequality in China, quoting faculty member Martin Whyte on the role of law and the media.


“New Way to Tally Poor Recasts View of Poverty”
New York Times/11.7.2011
Article about a new measure of poverty, quoting faculty member Lawrence F. Katz on the increasing economic distress.


“Study Finds Big Spike in Poorest in the U.S.”
New York Times/11.3.2011
Article about growing poverty, referring to faculty member William Julius Wilson’s work on poor neighborhoods in his book, The Truly Disadvantaged.


“Forces Beyond Nations”
Harvard Gazette/10.27.2011
Article highlighting faculty member Jason Beckfield and his research on sociology and globalization.


“Where Town Meets Gown”
Harvard Gazette/10.27.2011
Article highlighting Harvard panels, including “Lessons and Challenges of City-University Connections,” led by faculty member Edward L. Glaeser.


“Crony Capitalism Comes Home”
New York Times/10.26.2011
Op-ed about the Occupy movement and crony capitalism, quoting faculty member Lawrence F. Katz on increasing inequality and poor economic growth.


“Faculty Contribute Essays to New Book”
Harvard Gazette/10.11.2011
Article highlighting the contributions of Harvard faculty, including faculty member Michéle  Lamont, to the book, Social Knowledge in the Making, co-edited by Lamont.


“Sorting Immigration Facts, Fiction”
Harvard Gazette/10.3.2011
Article highlighting Harvard panel, “The Futures of Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue,” which included faculty member Richard B. Freeman as a panelist.


“Census: Recession Taking Toll on Young Adults”
Bloomberg Businessweek/9.22.2011
Article about the negative effect of the recession on young adults, quoting faculty member Richard B. Freeman on the long-term impact on young people.


“Three Named MacArthur Fellows”
Harvard Gazette/9.20.2011
Article profiling Harvard winners of the 2011 MacArthur Fellowships, including faculty member Roland G. Fryer.


“12 Academics Are Among 22 Winners of the 2011 MacArthur Fellowships”
The Chronicle of Higher Education/9.20.2011
Article announcing academic winners of the 2011 MacArthur Fellowships, including faculty member Roland G. Fryer.


“The New Class of MacArthur ‘Geniuses’”
Chicago Tribune/9.19.2011
Article highlighting winners of the 2011 MacArthur Fellowships, including faculty member Roland G. Fryer.


“A Blue-State Bailout in Disguise”
The Wall Street Journal/9.16.2011
Article by faculty member Paul E. Peterson, with Daniel Nadler, on the Obama jobs bill and its effect on debt-ridden states.


“Soaring Poverty Casts Spotlight on ‘Lost Decade’”
New York Times/9.13.2011
Article about growing poverty numbers, quoting faculty member Lawrence F. Katz on the negative effect of the recession on the current generation.


“The Nation: Obama’s Speech Changes Conversation”
NPR/9.9.2011
Article on President Obama’s job speech, quoting faculty member Jeffrey Liebman on GDP growth needs.


“Governors Don’t Create Many Jobs. Can Presidents?”
Christian Science Monitor/9.8.2011
Article about the role of the president in job creation, quoting faculty member Edward L. Glaeser on the effectiveness, job-wise, of Governor Rick Perry.


“Invest in Workers”
New York Times/9.6.2011
Op-ed by faculty member Lawrence F. Katz on how to help solve the economic crisis by investing in workers.


“Economy Takes a Toll on Union Membership”
The Gazette/9.2.2011
Article about the economy’s effect on unions, quoting faculty member Bruce Western on the power of unions in an economic downturn.


“The Slow Disappearance of the American Working Man”
Bloomberg Businessweek/8.24.2011
Article about the increasing unemployment among American working men, quoting faculty member Lawrence F. Katz on the relationship between educational attainment and employment.


“Cut Medicare, Help Patients”
New York Times/8.23.2011
Op-ed by faculty member Jeffrey Liebman and Ezekiel Emanuel about cutting Medicare costs.


“True Cost of Medical Malpractice”
Harvard Gazette/8.19.2011
Article highlighting research by, and quoting, faculty member Amitabh Chandra on the true frequency of malpractice claims resulting in payment.


“Malpractice Anxiety”
New York Times Economix Blog/8.17.2011
Article detailing research by faculty member Amitabh Chandra on malpractice claims and the rarity of doctors making payments on claims.


“Crashing the Tea Party”
The New York Times/8.16.2011
Op-ed by David Campbell and faculty member Robert Putnam about the declining public opinion of the Tea Party.


“The Manufacturing Imperative”
The Star/8.13.2011
Article by faculty member Dani Rodrik on the health of manufacturing industries and their economic importance.


“Ten Professors Named Cabot Fellows”
Harvard Gazette/8.9.2011
Article listing 2011 Walter Channing Cabot Fellows, including faculty member Martin Whyte.


Bloomberg View Column
Bloomberg View/7.8.2011’
Biweekly column by faculty member Edward L. Glaeser in the Bloomberg View.


“Raise Cigarette Taxes – and Skip the Ugly Photos”
Boston Globe/6.30.2011
Op-ed by faculty member Edward L. Glaeser on the benefits of taxing cigarettes.


“Borjas Co-wins Prestigious Economics Prize”
Harvard Gazette/6.26.2011
Article announcing that faculty member George Borjas as co-recipient of the 2011 IZA Prize in Labor Economics.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

   
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