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May 28, 2020, Audio, "Disease has thrived among dense populations since cities began. But COVID-19 is the worst example since 1918, and New York City is America’s primary victim, with empty streets and skyscrapers. Can New York and other cities survive this pandemic?" Listen on KCRW Non-HKS Author Website -…
| Julie Battilana | Archon Fung | Sharon Block | Isabelle Ferreras | Benjamin Sachs
May 27, 2020, Video, "COVID-19 is amplifying a fundamental democratic mismatch: the vulnerable, often low-income and of-color, workers who are among the most affected by this pandemic have little influence over decisions — in companies and governments — about how this pandemic is managed." Watch on Youtube   Non-HKS Author Websites -…
| Gautam Mukunda
May 24, 2020, Opinion, "Spurred on by President Trump, Republican governors are reopening their states. In other states, protests against the lockdown roll on even as the country hits new highs in daily deaths. Despite the economic devastation, however, 80% of Americans still support shelter-in-place measures. Even among Republicans, 61%  support shelter-in-place and 47% oppose the protests while only 36% support them."
| Jason Furman
May 24, 2020, Paper, "Outside of direct fiscal policy effects, the rise in inequality may be attributed to the demand for highly skilled labor rising more rapidly than its supply, as well as to reduced bargaining power by labor in the workplace. On fiscal policy, the US tax and benefit system is still progressive. The tradeoff between using tax hikes and higher benefits to reduce inequality vs. their negative effects on growth remains disputed.…
| Francesca Dominici
May 28, 2020, Video, "New research links COVID-19 mortality to air pollution - specifically, small increases in levels of fine particulate matter - explains Prof Francesca Dominici from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health." Non-HKS Author Website - Francesca Dominici
2020, Paper, "The purpose of this toolkit is to facilitate the measurement of social capital and social cohesion, particularly in the context of evaluating Community-Driven Development (CDD) programs in settings affected by fragility, conflict, migration and forced displacement. The toolkit is designed to measure the multiple underlying dimensions of each concept while also being easy to use by evaluators and researchers.  The toolkit contains…
May 20, 2020, Audio, "Within the economics profession, the John Bates Clark Medal is a huge deal. It's awarded each year by the American Economic Asociation to the best economist under 40 who is working in the U.S....." Listen or Read on NPR   Non-HKS Author Website - Melissa Dell
| Dani Rodrik
May 19, 2020, Video, "Dani Rodrik is Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has published widely in the areas of economic development, international economics, and political economy. His current research focuses on employment and economic growth, in both developing and advanced economies. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social…
| George Borjas
May 2020, Paper, "Employment rates in the United States fell dramatically between February 2020 and April 2020 as the initial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic reverberated through the labor market. This paper uses data from the CPS Basic Monthly Files to document that the employment decline was particularly severe for immigrants. Historically, immigrant men were more likely to be employed than native men. The COVID-related labor market…
| Dani Rodrik
May 2020, Book Chapter, "We live in an age of astonishing inequality, together with volatile and oligarchic politics. We also confront seemingly intractable inefficiencies in key sectors like education, finance, health, and media, and a spectacular ongoing climate crisis. We believe that these are all solvable problems—or at least that we can make serious headway on them. Economists have an indispensable role to play. Indeed they have already…