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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.


GOP health care debate misses the point, experts say
CNN, March 21, 2017
The National Academy of Medicine released a potential blueprint to reform the American health care system.
Quoted: Sheila Burke

Is a 'Merit-Based' Immigration System a Good Idea?
The Atlantic, March 11, 2017
The possibility of a merit-based immigration system is explored from an economic standpoint.
Quoted: George Borjas

Crime and the Adolescent Brain
The New York Times, March 11, 2017
Increasing the age for prosecution as an adult decreases arrests and reduces the cost of incarcerations, as found in a 2016 Program in Criminal Justice Research Report.

The question is: Who are you rooting for? Two economists, two views on immigration
Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2017
Two economists give richly informed but highly differing views on the impact of immigration on the economy.
Quoted: George Borjas

The GOP's Long History with Black Colleges
Politico, February 27, 2017
While some black colleges have seen benefits of relationships with Republican presidents, there remains a need for GOP policies that promote racial justice.
Commentary: Leah Wright Rigueur

Trump Scapegoats Unauthorized Immigrants for Crime
The Atlantic, February 28, 2017
The president is publicizing examples of crime perpetrated by unauthorized immigrants, which may further stigmatize this group.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Malloy Proposes Justice System Changes for Young Adults
Hartford Courant, March 1, 2017
Connecticut's governor is proposing a new, less punitive category for young adult offenders.
Quoted: Vincent Schiraldi

The Immigration Debate We Need
New York Times, February 27, 2017
A conversation is presented on the economic and societal impact of immigration.
Commentary: George Borjas

Today in Obamacare: a polling expert explains why the health law is looking more popular
Vox, February 24, 2017
More Republican voters are favoring repealing and replacing the ACA, as opposed to simply replacing the law.
Interviewed: Robert Blendon

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

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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.