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The COVID-19 crisis has raised many critical public policy issues at the nexus of business, government and the economy, and addressing these issues is at the core of our mission at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center.  Our Faculty and Fellows have been actively leading discussions with federal, state and local leaders and the media.  Their research is helping shape the response to the several aspects of the crisis in the near- and long-term.

The crisis has revealed the importance of strong leadership at all levels of the government.  The crisis has shown that people get sick and may even die when leaders do not provide sound and effective leadership.  At the Center, we recognize a silver lining of the crisis is that the American people may now place a greater value on the skills and expertise of public officials. They will value the role of state and local governments and the partnership with businesses, industries and academia. All of this reinforces the importance of our work today and into the future here at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center.

This website aggregates research and commentary from our key Faculty and Fellows working on the issues surrounding COVID-19.  We hope you find the material helpful in addressing issues related to COVID-19.

GrowthPolicy posts on COVID-19

M-RCBG's GrowthPolicy website includes dozens of op-eds, papers and other works by Harvard faculty. Learn more.

COVID-19: Insights and Solutions

Governments, institutions, and communities in the United States and around the world are grappling with the impact of COVID-19. Harvard Kennedy School experts contribute to solutions and thought leadership on problems ranging from government responsiveness to health to the economy to human rights and more. Learn more.

Coronavirus Resource Center at Harvard Medical School

This site at Harvard Medical School provides answers to common questions all of us are asking. Learn more.

COVID-19 Local Response Initiative - Bloomberg & Harvard

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is collaborating with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ COVID-19 Local Response Initiative to support mayors as they manage the public health and economic crisis in their cities. Learn more.

Coronavirus on Journalist's Resource

The coronavirus pandemic is a global, national, regional, local and hyperlocal news story that spans every beat. The Journalist’s Resource team is creating a series of pieces to inform news coverage of the new coronavirus and the many topics it influences. Learn more.

Fireside Chats with Harvard Faculty: A COVID-19 Symposium

On Tuesday April 14th, Harvard Business School hosted the MBA Program’s COVID-19 Symposium.  The symposium consisted of a series of fireside chats between HBS faculty and several of Harvard University’s leading thinkers, who help us better understand the challenges that COVID-19 poses to public health, to our economies and globalization, and to the way we live.  Speakers included Ashish Jha of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School faculty Juliette Kayyem, Carmen Reinhart, Dani Rodrik, and Lawrence H. SummersLearn more.

Coronavirus - Belfer Center

The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a public health challenge. It’s also a test of leadership, fast-moving policy analysis, scientific and technological expertise, and international security and relationships – areas where the Belfer Center’s expertise is especially relevant. To better grasp the multi-faceted challenges posed by this virus, and ways we can address them, the Center has curated several pieces of content and work streams from our various research areas. We plan to update this list regularly. Learn more.

Featured Publications

Keynote speech at the 13th World Congress of the RSAI. Edward Glaeser. RSIA, June 11, 2021

The Societal Value of Vaccination in the Age of COVID-19. David E Bloom, Daniel Cadarette, Maddalena Ferranna. National Library of Medicine, June 2021

Remote Work. Shane Greenstein. IEAA, May 25, 2021

India's resurgence of COVID-19: urgent actions needed. Tarun Khanna, S V Subramanian, Vikram Patel. The Lancet, May 25, 2021

Harvard professor with advice on 'how to start over' post-pandemic. Arthur Brooks. CNBC. May 14, 2021

A Shock to the System: Covid-19’s Acceleration Impact on Health Care Systems’ Future. Michael Porter. NEJM Catalyst, May 11, 2021

American Health Depends on Exporting Covid Vaccines. Joseph Nye. Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2021

Global Vaccine Leadership Wanted. Ricardo Hausmann. Project Syndicate, April 30, 2021

The Coronavirus Pandemic: The Latest on Variants and Rapid Testing. Michael Mina. YouTube, April 20, 2021

Market design to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine supply. Juan Camilo Castillo, Amrita Ahuja, Susan Athey, Arthur Baker, Eric Budish, Tasneem Chipty, Rachel Glennerster. Science, March 12, 2021

Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Supported Quarantine and Isolation in Massachusetts: The Missing Link in Covid-19 Response. Linda Bilmes. HKS Faculty Research Working Paper No. RWP21-003, February 2021

Comparison of Knowledge and Information-Seeking Behavior After COVID-19 Public Health Messages and Messages Tailored for Black and Latinx Communities. Marcella Alsan. Annals of Internal Medicine, December 21, 2020

'Logistics are Policy' In Distributing COVID-19 Vaccine and Earning Public Trust. Juliette Kayyem. WGBH, December 9, 2020

Fear is more potent than we know in the fight against COVID. Megan Greene. Financial Times, November 11, 2020

Marcella Alsan on COVID-19, Diversity in the Health Professions, and Safety-Net Programs. Marcella Alsan. GrowthPolicy, October, 2020

Act now to prevent a tragic economic ending. Megan Greene. Financial Times, October 15, 2020

Summers says COVID-19 will end up costing US $16 trillion. Lawrence H. Summers. Bloomberg, October 12, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the $16 Trillion Virus. David Cutler and Lawrence H. Summers. JAMA, October 12, 2020

The COVID Climate Nexus. Jeffrey Frankel. Project Syndicate, September 30, 2020

Sizing up corporate restructuring in the COVID crisis. Robin Greenwood. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, September 24, 2020

We need a COVID-19 D-Day—and the leadership to execute it. Dutch Leonard. Fast Company, September 24, 2020

The crisis of mistrust and COVID-19: Race and reimagining tracing and vaccination. Marcella Alsan and Cornell William Brooks. USA Today, September 9, 2020

The Emotionally Challenging Next Phase of the Pandemic. Juliette Kayyem. The Atlantic, September 6, 2020

Is COVID-19 a Petri dish for corruption? Ioana Petrescu. Emerging Europe, September 1, 2020

The economics of COVID-19. Paul Sheard. Briefings for Britain, August 25, 2020

Coronavirus crisis creates a chance to tackle US jobs inequality. Megan Greene. Financial Times, August 10, 2020

America Won't Start Feeling 'Normal' Until Late 2021. Juliette Kayyem. WGBH, August 10, 2020

Ripple Effect: Is the Virus Unstoppable? Juliette Kayyem. WGBH, August 10, 2020

US unemployment rate falls again but still little progress for people who have not been temporarily furloughed from their jobs. Jason Furman and Wilson Powell III. Peterson Institute for International Economics, August 7, 2020

Additional Research & Op-Eds

Supporting Indigenous Communities’ Resilience in the Face of COVID-19: An Interview with Victor A. Lopez-Carmen. Lisa Dreier. Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Social Impact Review, October 1, 2020

Unemployment Insurance in the Pandemic and Beyond. Jason Furman. Peterson Institute for International Economics, July 2020

Why parents now face an impossible choice. Nancy Gibbs. The Washington Post, July 28, 2020

The Pandemic's Opportunity to Improve Government Procurement. Stephen Goldsmith. Governing, July 24, 2020

Determining a COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Juliette Kayyem. WGBH, July 22, 2020

Corporate Resilience and Response During COVID-19.  Alex Cheema-Fox and Bridget R. LaPerla. Harvard Business School, July, 2020

GrowthPolicy interview: Kathryn Sikkink on Human Rights, Electoral Reforms, and Uruguay’s Successful Response to COVID-19. GrowthPolicy.org, July 20, 2020

We can reopen schools - if we're willing to rethink how they operate. Jennifer Lerner. The Washington Post, July 13, 2020

Staying Resilient During and Post-COVID-19 - Research Findings and Resources for Entrepreneurs and Governments. Jane Nelson. InclusiveBusiness.net, July 2020

COVID-19 Response: Don't Lose Sleep Over Mounting Government Debt. Paul Sheard. Bloomberg Quint, June 20, 2020

COVID-19 has closed tribal casinos and cut off other vital revenue sources. Joseph Kalt. Marketplace, June 15, 2020

How to Set Up Government-Led National Hygiene Communication Campaigns to Combat COVID-19: A Strategic Blueprint. Myriam Sidibe et al. Preprints, June 2020

Reimaging the Role of the Public Sector in the Wake of COVID-19. Sara Bleich. Radcliffe Institute, June 10, 2020

Universities open to the world: How to put the bounce back in Global Britain. Rt Hon Jo Johnson, with Barnaby Lynch and Todd Gillespie. M-RCBG Associate Working Paper No. 146.

Never Go Back To the Office. Juliette Kayyem. The Atlantic, May 19, 2020.

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Permanently Expand Government Powers. Stephen M. Walt. Foreign Policy, May 16, 2020.

Let's Democratize and Decommodify Work. Julie Battilana. The Boston Globe, May 15, 2020.

Veil-of-Ignorance Favors Allocating Resources to Younger Patients During COVID-10 Crisis. Max Bazerman. Working Paper, 2020

Strategic Fiscal Management for a Crisis - And Beyond. Stephen Goldsmith, Governing, May 11, 2020

Americans should actually give a damn about the rest of the world. Wendy Sherman, The Hill, May 8, 2020

Can "helicopter money" save the global economy? Megan Greene, Prospect Magazine, May 8, 2020

How have European central banks responded? Jeremy Ney, Aditi Kumar, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS, May 7, 2020

Given what we're losing in GDP, we should be spending far more to develop tests. Lawrence H. Summers, The Washington Post, May 5, 2020

The Case for Deeply Negative Interest Rates. Kenneth Rogoff, Project Syndicate, May 4, 2020

Airlines Got the Sweetest Coronavirus Bailout Around. Timothy Massad, Bloomberg, May 4, 2020

US unemployment is higher than Europe's now. But we'll likely recover faster. Megan Greene, Washington Post, May 1, 2020

How to avoid a W shaped recession. Jeffrey Frankel, Project Syndicate, May 1, 2020

We Can Protect the Most Vulnerable and Reopen the Economy. Graham Allison, The Hill, April 29, 2020

The US Is Now Resorting to Plan C. Juliette Kayyem, The Atlantic, April 29, 2020

COVID-19: Strengthening West Africa's fragile food ecosystems. Ndidi Nwuneli, Business Day, April 29, 2020

Regulatory Cooperation to Combat Public Health Crises. Elizabeth Golberg, The Regulatory Review, April 27, 2020

Unleash the data on COVID-19. Richard Zeckhauser, April 24, 2020

From taking notes in the classroom to helping the front lines. Mark Fagan, Harvard Gazette, April 24, 2020

A bailout of the energy sector will create a whole lot of zombie companies. Megan Greene, CNBC, April 24, 2020

Hand-washing expert on a mission to save lives. Myriam Sidibe, BBC Sounds Focus on Africa, April 22, 2020

Food companies can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Myriam Sidibe, Nutrition Connect, April 22, 2020

Bailing out the oil industry brings a fate worse than death. Megan Greene, Financial Times, April 20, 2020

Work will transform after this crisis. Ioana Petrescu and Steve Johnson, The Hill, April 20, 2020

The imperative of more sovereign debt relief. Megan Greene, The Prospect, April 18, 2020

Multilateralism Through Public-Private Partnerships are Key to Flattening the COVID-19 Curve. Myriam Sidibe, IPS, April 17, 2020

Africans can fight COVID-19 with stakeholder capitalism. Myriam Sidibe, World Economic Forum blog, April 15, 2020

Procurement challenges step up to the COVID-19 plate. Steve Kelman, The Lectern, April 15, 2020

Economy roughly back to normal if coronavirus disappears. Paul Sheard, YiCai, April 15, 2020

Cushioning the Poor From the COVID-19 Shock. Rema Hanna, Project Syndicate, April 15, 2020

No, COVID-19 isn't turning Europe pro-China (yet). Philippe Le Corre, The Diplomat, April 15, 2020

National governments have gone big. The IMF and World Bank need to do the same. Lawrence H. Summers and Gordon Brown, The Washington Post, April 15, 2020

How the COVID-19 Era Will Change National Security Forever. Samantha Power, Time, April 14, 2020

A Harvard Handwashing Expert Weighs In on Corporate Responsibility Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. Myriam Sidibe, Harvard Crimson, April 14, 2020

Suspend Emerging and Developing Economies' Debt Payments. Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, Project Syndicate, April 13, 2020

Robert Stavins and Harvard Business School's Rebecca Henderson on Ways Organizations are Changing in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic and Climate Change. Robert Stavins, Environmental Insights Podcast, April 8, 2020

How Have Companies Responded to the Coronavirus Pandemic and Climate Change? Robert Stavins, An Economic View of the Environment Blog, April 8, 2020

Regulatory lenience over COVID-19 must be carefully judged. Ignazio Angeloni, Risk.net, April 7, 2020

Democrats and Republicans Should Agree on How to Solve the Coronavirus. Jason Furman, The National Interest, April 5, 2020

What Can Economics Really Have to Say about COVID-19 Policies? Robert Stavins, An Economic View of the Environment Blog, April 3, 2020

What economics can say about an effective response to the coronavirus. Robert Stavins, Resources, April 2, 2020

What the Developed World Central Banks Have Right - and Wrong. Paul Sheard, CFA Society New York Compound Insights Podcast, March 2020

Robert Stavins and Columbia's Scott Barrett on COVID-19 on Climate Change. Robert Stavins, Environmental Insights Podcast, March 27, 2020

Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Bring About Long-Term Societal Changes? Robert Stavins, An Economic View of the Environment Blog, March 27, 2020

Economists cheered by relief package, but see long, tough slog ahead. Karen Dynan, Harvard Gazette, March 26, 2020

Size of US Coronavirus Stimulus Package is "Astounding." Megan Greene, Bloomberg, March 26, 2020

Ensuring hunger does not kill more people than COVID-19 in Africa. Ndidi Nwuneli, The Cable, March 25, 2020

Paul Sheard on COVID-19, CommonWealth Magazine (Taiwan), March 25, 2020

European bank regulators aren't yet doing what it takes. Ignazio Angeloni, Vox, March 24, 2020

Corporations will try to grab the bailout cash. We can't let them have it all. Megan Greene, The Washington Post, March 20, 2020

Market Panic Has Yet to Peak; Trump Faces Big Test. Paul Sheard, Yicai Global (Chinese Business Network), March 19, 2020

As COVID-19 Outbreak Worsens, So Does Economic Volatility. Carmen Reinhart, NPR, March 17, 2020

Policymakers have little time to respond to coronavirus pandemic. Jason Furman, CNBC, March 16, 2020

Obama and Trump Administration Veterans Agree: This is How You Help States Stop Coronavirus. Jason Furman, The National Interest, March 15, 2020

Coronavirus will change how we work, travel and shop for years. Paul Sheard, Bloomberg, March 14, 2020

The Role of Business in Preventing Further Spread of COVID-19. Myriam Sidibe, Business Fights Poverty, March 14, 2020

Financial Markets Rattled by the Multiple Effects of COVID-19. Megan Greene, NPR, March 13, 2020

Coronavirus 'potentially more serious' than 2008 crash. Jason Furman, NBC, March 13, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic: Let's remember WWII, as well as what we learned in 2008. Timothy Massad, Fortune, March 13, 2020

Congress should increase the federal Medicaid matching rate. Jason Furman, American Enterprise Institute, March 13, 2020

The impact of COVID-19. Paul Sheard, South Korean EDaily, March 12, 2020

Ironically, China market is most stable. Robert Lawrence, Bloomberg, March 12, 2020

Coronavirus economic effects 'bigger than 2008'. Jason Furman, MSNBC, March 12, 2020

US economy now confronts 'Japanification.' Lawrence H. Summers, Bloomberg, March 12, 2020

Virus is at Bear Stearns moment and may get worse. Lawrence H. Summers, Bloomberg, March 11, 2020

Trump's Big Mistake: Cutting Money to Fight Diseases Like Coronavirus. Linda J. Bilmes, The National Interest, March 5, 2020

COVID-19: An Urgent Call for Coordinated, Trusted Sources to Tell Everyone What They Need to Know and Do. Scott Ratzan, National Academy of Medicine, March 5, 2020

What the Fed can do to help with coronavirus's economic aftershock. Lawrence H. Summers, The Washington Post, March 3, 2020

Will coronavirus trigger a global recession? Jeffrey Frankel, The Guardian, February 26, 2020

Coronavirus may be worse than Wall Street is wagering. Megan Greene, Financial Times, February 21, 2020

The Trump administration has made the US less ready for infectious disease outbreaks like coronavirus. Linda Bilmes, The Conversation, February 3