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We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative
George J. Borjas’ new book explores the research on the economics of immigration and proposed policy prescriptions for immigration in the U.S.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Matthew Desmond’s book examines the prevalence and far-reaching consequences of eviction. ‘EVICTED’ was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2016 by both the New York Times and Washington Post.

HKS PolicyCast

HKS Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad makes the case that modern issues surrounding race, policing, and mass incarceration are rooted in failures in education.

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Learn more about the history of Harvard Kennedy School.

2017 Malcolm Wiener Lecture with Lael Brainard
March 1st, 2017 at 6:00 PM
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum , Harvard Kennedy School

The Honorable Lael Brainard, Member, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System will deliver the 2017 Malcolm Wiener Lecture in International Political Economy on Wednesday, March 1st at 6:00 PM in the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Brainard took office as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on June 16, 2014, to fill an unexpired term ending January 31, 2026. Prior to her appointment, she served as Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury from 2010 to 2013 and as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury in 2009. During this time, she was the U.S. Representative to the G-20 Finance Deputies and G-7 Deputies and was a member of the Financial Stability Board. Bio Lael Brainard.

Douglas Elmendorf, Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School will moderate the event which is open to the public. Bio Douglas Elmendorf.


How Economists Are Fueling the Global Debate Over Refugees
Bloomberg, February 17, 2017
Economists are studying the impact of refugees on the communities in which they settle.
Quoted: George Borjas

Can Immigration Hurt the Economy? An Old Prejudice Returns
New York Times, February 14, 2017
As some Americans fear that immigrants will damage productivity, economists disagree on their impact.Cited: George Borjas, Lant Pritchett
MORE »The confused future of health care
Harvard Gazette, February 14, 2017
While the outlook for the survival of the ACA seems dim, analysts say a new plan will take considerable time to develop and implement.
Cited: Amitabh Chandra

Think Ouside the Box to Deal with Young Adult Criminals
Boston Herald Op-Ed, February 8, 2017
Two Massachusetts sheriffs cite Program in Criminal Justice Research in recommending  comprehensive criminal justice reform and new systemic approach to handling “emerging adults” who commit crimes.

Trump's draft plan to cut off food stamps for immigrants could cause some U.S. citizens to go hungry
Washington Post, February 3, 2017
A draft executive order restricting WIC and SNAP nutrition programs for immigrants could prevent citizen children of immigrants from access to food.
Quoted: George Borjas

States are Raising Age for Adult Prosecution Back to 18 
ABA Journal, February 1, 2017
Juvenile justice laws and system reform are being reviewed and considered in several states.
Quoted: Vincent Schiraldi

After women's marches, the real challenge is achieving change 
The Globe and Mail (Toronto), January 24, 2017
After hundreds of thousands marched in protest of the current administration, organizers try to convert this participation into long term action.
Quoted: Jane Mansbridge

A Look Back At Other Marches In History, And What They Accomplished 
NPR Weekend Edition, January 22, 2017
Leah Wright Rigueur discusses the Women’s March significance and how it compares to other marches in history.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueuer

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October 13 – 4:10 PM to 6:00 PM – 10 Big Ideas: Inequality and Wealth Concentration – 10 faculty from across Harvard University's social sciences shared their ideas on inequality. Watch the 10 Big Ideas video.

Faculty Research »

Where History and the Humanities Meet Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
A Q+A session with Khalil Gibran Muhammad on post-election challenges, the humanities, and race in the public sphere.


“Are Firms That Discriminate More Likely to Go Out of Business?”
Sociological Science, September 19, 2016
Devah Pager tests the economic theory that employers pay a price for engaging in racial discrimination.


George Borjas and Matthew Desmond Named to the “Politico 50” - Politico Magazine cited Borjas, an economist, and Desmond, a sociologist, as two of the 50 people “transforming American politics.”


“Aiming Higher Together: Strategizing Better Educational Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color,” a new report by Ron Ferguson, commissioned by the Urban Institute, concerns what society can do to overcome the systemic predicament facing boys and young men of color.


A new Achievement Gap Initiative report, “The Influence of Teaching,” analyzes how components of teaching predict educational outcomes that tests do not measure, such as student engagement, success mindsets, and agency.