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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.

History & Timeline

Learn more about the history of Harvard Kennedy School.

2017 Malcolm Wiener Lecture with Lael Brainard
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum – Harvard Kennedy School

The Honorable Lael Brainard, Member, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System delivered the 2017 Malcolm Wiener Lecture in International Political Economy on March 1st. She spoke on the declining rate of unemployment, foreign exchange rates, and rising inflation expectations. She noted that as the federal funds rate increases, a transition in balance sheet policy will also be necessary. Watch the full lecture here.

Douglas Elmendorf, Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School moderated the event.


Why The Koch Brothers Have So Much Influence on Trump: It Starts With Pence
International Business Times, June 20, 2017
70% percent of the administration's senior White House positions are filled by individuals with ties to the Koch Brothers.
Quoted: Alex Keyssar

Teaching Hospitals Cost More, But Could Save Your Life
The New York Times, June 5, 2017
A new study on the mortality effect of teaching hospitals informs the conversation over whether teaching hospitals are worth the increased cost.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra

Justice system failing young people
Boston Herald, June 3, 2017
Legislation which aims to gradually incorporate young adults into the juvenile justice system is scheduled for a hearing in Massachusetts.
Commentary: Vincent Schiraldi

Malcolm Wiener Center Announces Student Class Day Awards
Harvard Kennedy School, May 23, 2017
Center Director David Ellwood announced the winners of the Manuel C. Carballo, Susan C. Eaton and Frederick Fischer Memorial Prizes for outstanding student research work at today’s HKS Class Day Ceremony.

Radcliffe Institute Announces 2017-2018 Fellows
Harvard Magazine, May 4, 2017
Professor of Sociology and HKS Professor of Public Policy Devah Pager, and HKS Assistant Professor of Public Policy Leah Wright Rigueur, are awarded fellowships for their work, respectively, on race, discrimination, and the labor market, and race and the American political system. 

What the Press Still Doesn't Get About Trump
Politico, May/June, 2017
An exploration of how the press navigates President Trump's motivations, his voters, and his use of Twitter.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur

Black People Are Not All 'Living in Hell'
New York Times, April 26, 2017
A look at the way in which the black upper middle class is expanding more rapidly than the white upper middle class.
Quoted: William Julius Wilson

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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.