Programs & Research

The Taubman Center houses three major programs along with the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

Urban Physical and Economic Development has been and remains one of the central focuses of Taubman Center research. Edward Glaeser, Jose Gomez-Ibanez and Alan Altshuler have been faculty leaders of this area which focuses on issues of urban growth and economic success.

The Program on Education Policy and Governance, founded and directed by Paul E. Peterson, (PEPG) has distinguished itself as a significant contributor to the systematic analysis of education policy and governing arrangements.

The Program on Crisis Leadership, directed by Dutch Leonard and Arnold Howitt, conducts research, develops teaching and research case studies, and mounts executive education programs that examine the challenges that leaders face in extraordinary circumstances.

The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America, directed by Robert Putnam, conducts applied research on social capital, with an eye towards restoring the nation’s stock of social capital.

The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston is a university-wide entity housed at HKS that aims to improve the governance of greater Boston. Jeffrey Liebman is the director, Steve Poftak is the executive director, and Polly O’Brien is the associate director of the institute.

Several other important programs reside under the Taubman Center umbrella.

The Transparency Policy Project, led by Archon Fung (with Taubman affiliates Mary Graham and David Weil), carefully examines regulatory strategies used in many policy areas that require firms and governments to release information about their activities and performance as a way of prompting remedial action, informing consumer choice, or spurring political action.

The Political Economy of Religion program, directed by Rachel McCleary, is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the global interplay among religion, economic performance, and political variables. The program explores the role of religion in the economic, political, and social development of individuals and nations.

The Health Care Policy Program is a new program housed within the Taubman Center. Led by Professor Amitabh Chandra this inter-faculty initiative also includes Joseph Newhouse (HSPH, HMS and HKS), Michael Chernew (HMS) and Katherine Baicker (HPSH). The programs focuses on balancing the twin challenges of restraining cost-growth in healthcare, when at the same time, new and highly beneficial medical technologies often cost more money. Its core faculty have testified to the US Senate, the Institute of Medicine, the US Civil Rights Commission, and have served on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and the Council of Economic Advisors, and have had their research featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio and in the New England Journal of Medicine.

PerformanceStat: Performance Management in Government is a research and executive education project led by Robert Behn focusing on the leadership and management strategy that he calls "PerformanceStat," which includes CompStat, CitiStat, and similar efforts by governmental jurisdictions and public agencies to produce results.