Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

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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.


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

Power and Punishment: Two New Books About Race and Crime
New York Times, April 14, 2017
Two new books on prisons and policing are discussed in light of the current attorney general's stance on drug crime and minimum sentencing for illegal gun possession. 
Commentary: Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Democrats pen letter to Trump on working together for health care reform. What can they achieve?
Christian Science Monitor, March 29, 2017
Democratic senators have asked Trump to work with them on reforming the ACA, but the likelihood of a bipartisan effort is in question.
Quoted: Robert Blendon

Former Vermont Governor Discusses Deadly Opioid Crisis
Harvard Crimson, March 29, 2017
The opioid crisis in Vermont, and across the nation, is discussed, with reference to its impact on the health care and criminal justice systems.
Cited: Sheila Burke

GOP Looks to Price for Next Steps on Obamacare
National Journal, March 27, 2017
After the House's failure to pass healthcare legislation, the administration may take the lead.
Quoted: Robert Blendon

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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.