From the Directors

We live in an era of critical challenges to government policy and private sector activity: wages and living standards for working families are stagnant; the middle class is increasingly alienated by the rising prosperity of the wealthy; global climate change threatens economies and social stability; the energy markets on which our economies depend are being transformed as new supplies disrupt the status quo; businesses are grappling with not just the legal license but also the social license to operate; and businesses and governments alike struggle to agree on regulations that provide necessary protections and enhance long-term sustainability without undermining the fragile economic recovery.
The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) is uniquely positioned to play a critical role in helping to address these challenges. M-RCBG is an incubator of ideas which inform policy-based options and solutions. Through our many programs and affiliated faculty, the Center studies regulation; it examines energy policies; it considers how best to protect the environment; it thinks about the role of public and private sector collaboration in education; it ponders the future of finance; it considers the future of the international trading system; it strives to develop paradigms through which sustainability can be an important idea in every part of economic discourse; it promotes corporate social responsibility at a time when business organizations are increasingly under challenge; and it focuses on markets as central institutions in our society--institutions that cannot stand completely alone without strong public policies that undergird their function.

Thank you for your interest in our work. We hope you will continue exploring this website to learn more about our research activities, seminars, events, working papers, op-eds, faculty affiliates, fellows, and student programs, all focused on creating public value at the interface of business and government.


Lawrence H. SummersLawrence H. Summers
Weil Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and Charles W. Eliot University Professor



John A. HaighJohn A. Haigh
Co-Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School