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HKS in the News June 19, 2012

1. Europe must be persuaded to make a permanent fix (Summers) Reuters

2. Better by the Bunch: Evaluating Job Candidates in Groups (Bohnet) Working Knowledge (Harvard Business School)

3. Minority students to hone leadership skills at Harvard Merced-Sun Star (CA)


Europe must be persuaded to make a permanent fix

Reuters

June 18

Commentary by: Lawrence Summers, Mossavar-Rahmani Center

Topic: The European economic crisis

As the G20 leaders prepare to conclude their meeting today, once again good news has had a half-life in the markets of less than 24 hours. Just as news of European plans to stand behind Spanish banks rallied markets and sentiment for only a few hours, a Greek election outcome that was as good as could have been hoped did not even buoy markets for a day. There could be no clearer evidence that the current strategy of vowing that the European system will hold together, addressing each crisis as it comes in the minimally sufficient way and vowing at every juncture to build a system that is sound in the long term has run its course.

Nor is the G20 likely to change anything, at least not immediately. The troubled European economies and their sympathizers will demand more emphasis on growth, lower interest rates on their official debts and more transfers. …

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Better by the Bunch: Evaluating Job Candidates in Groups

Working Knowledge (Harvard Business School)

June 18

Quoted: Iris Bohnet, Women and Public Policy Program

Topic: Overcoming gender bias in hiring

New research suggests that organizations wishing to avoid gender stereotyping in the hiring or promotion process-and employ the most productive person instead—should evaluate job candidates as a group, rather than one at a time.

A recent collaboration between Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) reveals that you're much less likely to stereotype by gender if you apply an "evaluation nudge"—an intervention aimed at overcoming biased assessments, in which people are evaluated jointly rather than separately regarding their future performance. These findings are presented in the working paper When Performance Trumps Gender Bias: Joint versus Separate Evaluation, coauthored by HKS Professor and academic dean Iris Bohnet, HKS doctoral student Alexandra van Geen, and HBS Professor Max H. Bazerman. …

"A lot of discrimination happens because of implicit biases where people like you and me —who don't want to do the wrong thing, who don't want to discriminate, or don't want to treat people differently based on their demographic characteristics—fall into these stereotype traps because stereotypes have something to do with how the world is," says Bohnet. …

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Minority students to hone leadership skills at Harvard

Merced-Sun Star (CA)

June 19

Cited: The Center for Public Leadership

Topic: The Latino Leadership Initiative

Having lived in a migrant camp in Planada for the last five years, Rubi Almanza never imagined she would one day get to go to Harvard University.

The UC Merced junior is thrilled to be able to travel to the Ivy League university to participate in a training program designed to develop skills in future Latino leaders.

Almanza, 21, whose parents work in the fields, is one of five UC Merced students selected to participate in the Latino Leadership Initiative program at Harvard University Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership.

The program was developed to address the rapid growth of the Latino population and the lack of Latino leaders across all sectors of society, according to UC Merced officials. This is the program's third year. …

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Broadcast Notes

Tarek Masoud, Ash Center

NPR “Talk of the Nation,” 6/18

Topic: Egypt’s presidential elections

Richard Parker, Shorenstein Center

WGBH “The Emily Rooney Show,” 6/18

Topic: Greece’s economy


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