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. She spoke on the declining rate of unemployment, foreign exchange rates, and rising inflation expectations. Watch the full lecture here.

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

An astonishing change in how Americans think about government-run health care
Vox, August 16, 2017
Since 2013, the percentage of Americans who feel positively about the government's role in providing health coverage to all U.S. citizens has risen considerably.
Quoted: Robert Blendon

Did Confederate symbols gain prominence in the civil rights era?
Politifact, August 15, 2017
Many Confederate monuments were build during the Jim Crow and civil rights eras as segregation became institutionalized and, later, desegregation became a point of conflict.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad

People Back Editing Genes to Treat Disease, But Are Wary Of Inheritable Changes
NPR, August 10, 2017
Surveys of the general public reveal that gene editing is approved of except in the case of editing traits which could be inherited. 
Quoted: Robert Blendon

Congress' chance to do right by America's youth
The Hill, August 10, 2017
Congress' bipartisan effort to reauthorize the JJDPA could send the bill to the Oval Office in order to maintain protections for juveniles in the justice system.
Commentary: Vincent Schiraldi

Trump wants to protect American jobs. His immigration bill would make us poorer.
Vox, August 3, 2017
The administration's bill to reduce immigration would impact the way in which immigration bolsters the economy.
Cited: George Borjas and Lant Pritchett

Just 13% of Americans Support the GOP's Latest Obamacare Repeal Plan
Time, July 19, 2017
A new poll reveals that a small fraction of Americans support the GOP's plan to repeal the ACA without a replacement.
Quoted: Robert Blendon

Want to Shrink Our Prisons? Fix Probation and Parole
The Crime Report, July 19, 2017
It is discussed that reforming our systems of probation and parole could have a measurable effect on the size of the prison population in the U.S.
Commentary: Bruce Western and Vincent Schiraldi

The Great American Rip-Off
National Review, July 2, 2017
A look at the amount of spending that could be cut if fraud and abuse, within Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, were a focus.
Quoted: Malcolm Sparrow

How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration
The Atlantic, July/August 2017
Prominent Democrats have shifted their thinking on immigration over the last decade.
Quoted: Jason Furman, George Borjas


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