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August 2020. GrowthPolicy’s Devjani Roy interviewed Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University, on income inequality and the new Gilded Age, the jobs of the future, and the long historical arc of capitalism. | Click here…
| Jason Furman
August 7, 2020, Opinion, "The official unemployment rate continued to fall in July from 11.1 in June to 10.2, a slowdown from the improvement in May and June. As in prior months of the pandemic, the official unemployment rate continues to understate the unemployment rate from a historically-comparable perspective because it counts an extra 1.4 million people who were "not at work for other reasons" as employed (the so-called "misclassification…
| Jason Furman
August 7, 2020, Video, "Nada Eissa, associate professor of public policy and economics at Georgetown University and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Jason Furman, professor at Harvard's Kennedy School and former CEA chairman, join "Squawk Box" to give their reactions to the July jobs report."
July 31, 2020, Video, "This talk will first discuss how the COVID pandemic is affecting the American economy at the ZIP code level, drawing on new real time data to trace the impacts of the crisis on consumer spending, business, and employment prospects. It will then discuss the impacts of major policies enacted to date to mitigate economic losses - ranging from state-ordered shutdowns to the stimulus program -- and consider what approaches will…
| Leslie John | Francesca Gino
July 29, 2020, Paper, "Employees are key organizational stakeholders; the success of any organization depends in large part on employees’ continued development (Ferris et al., 1999). In today’s work environment, marked by rapid and profound change, employee development is becoming increasingly critical. Despite a recognition of the importance of employee development, research on what contributes to employee development is still nascent (Nielsen…
| Sunil Gupta
July 21, 2020, Video, "Professor Sunil Gupta of Harvard Business School in conversation with Bejul Somaia, Partner Lightspeed Venture Partners lifts the chalk to write on a fresh slate for a new era of businesses post-COVID. A new handbook of strategy and rules being developed as we learn, transformative digital innovation and laying the foundation for businesses with resilience,as we explore all of this and more." Non-HKS Author Website -…
| Jason Furman
July 2020, Paper, "Unemployment insurance has played a critical role in the US economic response to the coronavirus pandemic. It has been greatly expanded, extended to new people, and become available for a longer period. As a result, as of late June 2020, about 36 million people were receiving or had applied for unemployment benefits. Unemployment insurance has been key to the fact that household disposable personal income has risen even as…
| Frank Dobbin
July 2020, Paper, "Diversity training remains ubiquitous, despite decades of research suggesting that it may not work.  We develop a theory of training efficacy.  Training features and context can frame the motive for pursuing diversity as individual, organizational, or external/legal.  According to job autonomy and self-determination theories, individual and organizational framing - such as voluntary training or cultural curriculum - will…
| Jeffrey Polzer | Raffaella Sadun
July 20, 2020, Paper, "We explore the impact of COVID-19 on employee's digital communication patterns through an event study of lockdowns in 16 large metropolitan areas in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Using de-identified, aggregated meeting and email meta-data from 3,143,270 users, we find, compared to pre-pandemic levels, increases in the number of meetings per person (+12.9 percent) and the number of attendees per meeting (+13.5…
| Zoe B. Cullen | Edward Glaeser | Christopher Stanton | Adi Sunderam
July 7, 2020, Paper, "The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aimed to quickly deliver hundreds of billions of dollars of loans to small businesses, with the loans administered via private banks. In this paper, we use firm-level data to document the demand and supply of PPP funds. Using an instrumental variables approach, we find that PPP loans led to a 14 to 30 percentage point increase in a business’s expected survival, and a positive but…