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The John Dunlop Thesis Prize in Business and Government is an annual award for Harvard undergraduates, provided by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at Harvard Kennedy School.
Established in 2007, the award is given to the Harvard College graduating senior who writes the best thesis on a challenging public policy issue at the interface of business and government. Papers that examine the business-government interface with respect to regulation, corporate responsibility, energy, the environment, health care, education, technology, and human rights are particularly encouraged, however papers on other topics will also be considered. A $1000 prize is provided to the winning entry.
To be considered for the 2017 John Dunlop Thesis Prize refer to application information here.
The prize is named after John T. Dunlop, the Lamont University Professor Emeritus, a widely respected labor economist who served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1969 to 1973. An adviser to many U.S. presidents, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dunlop was secretary of labor under Gerald Ford, serving from March 1975 to January 1976. In addition to serving as secretary of labor, Dunlop held many other government posts, including: director of the Cost of Living Council, (1973-74), chairman of the Construction Industry Stabilization Committee (1993-95), chair of the Massachusetts Joint Labor- Management Committee for Municipal Police and Firefighters (1977-2003) and Chair of the Commission on Migratory Farm Labor (1984-2003). Dunlop served as the second director of the Center for Business and Government from 1987 to 1991. The Center, renamed in 2005 as the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, focuses on policy issues at the intersection of business and government. Dunlop died in 2003.
2016 winners: Auden Laurence for her thesis, “Access for All? The Political Economy of Support for Early Childhood Education"; Michael Loughlin for his thesis, "Behavioral Responses to Electricity Prices: Evidence from Jamaica"; and Anchisa Pongmanavuth for her thesis, "Credit Crisis 3.0? An Assessment of the Macroeconomic Risk of Corporate Debt."
2015: Jeffrey J. Wang, “Asset Managers and Financial Instability: Evidence of Run Behavior and Run Incentives in Corporate Bond Funds.”
Jun Shepard, "The Business of Energy Policy: Analyzing the Impacts of Policies and Businesses on Solar Electricity Rates in Massachusetts."
Andrew Cohen, “The Shale Gas Paradox: Assessing the Impacts of the Shale Gas Recolution on Electricity Markets and Climate Change," and Lauren Dai, "The Comparative Advantage of Nations: How Global Supply Chains Change Our Understanding of Comparative Advantage."
Trung Nguyen, “It Is Easy to Be Brave from a Safe Distance: Distance to the SEC and Insider Trading.”
Jackson Salovaara, “Coal to Natural Gas Fuel Switching and CO2 Emissions Reduction.”
Honorable mention: Samuel Barr, “Deliberative Democracy and Corporate Political Advertising.”
Daniel Eric Herz-Roiphe, “Is the Price Right? Reexamining the Relationship Between Age and the Value of Statistical Life.”
Honorable mention: Colin Motley, “The Commercial Paper Funding Facility: Impact and What It Tells US about the Crisis in Commercial Paper from 2007-2009.”
Michael Sperling, "The Unintended Consequences of Government Interventions in the Domestic Ethanol Market"
Honorable mention: David R. Porter, "Making Trade Fair: The Negotiation and Implementation of NAFTA Chapter 20"
Pablo M. Tsutsumi, "Domestic Intentions, International Repercussions: An Empirical Study on the Impact of SOX on Latin American ADRs"
Honorable mention: Elina Tetelbaum, “A Sobering Look at How Minimum Legal Drinking Age Laws Affect Traffic Fatalities”
John T. Dunlop
2016 winners with M-RCBG co-director John Haigh. From left to right: Auden Laurence, Michael Loughlin and Anchisa Pongmanavuth.