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New books, articles, case studies, reports, and working papers are frequently added. Read more about the Center's working papers and faculty publications.


The Center's programs focus on PhD education, inequality, criminal justice policy, and the achievement gap in public schools.


Professor Sandra Susan Smith talked about the consequences of pretrial detention and diversion during a Harvard Radcliffe Fellows' presentation.


An educator, emerging policymaker, and managing editor of the Wiener Center's Data Visualization Lab, Damarcus Bell MPP 2022 strives to empower communities of color. 


Professor David Deming has been awarded the Sherwin Rosen Prize for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Labor Economics by the Society of Labor Economists.


HKS asks Professor Maya Sen, director of the Stone Program, if an emboldened conservative majority is taking the Supreme Court in an unpopular new direction.


Felix Owusu PhD 2022 is a Program in Criminal Justice Post-Doctoral Research Fellow who hopes his research can help eliminate disparities in the criminal legal system.


Project on Workforce Summer Fellowships give Harvard students and graduates experience with practice and research on the future of work.


Using Shift Project data, the EPI Company Wage Tracker breaks down and compares what workers earn per hour at the largest firms in the service sector.


Professor Sandra Susan Smith has been appointed faculty director of Harvard Kennedy School's Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.


A Harvard Magazine article on the Project on Workforce speaks to the need for better pathways into good jobs in the U.S. and the important role of community colleges in fostering upward mobility.


Professor of Public Policy Daniel Schneider has received the Early Achievement Award from the Population Association of America. 


According to a Boston Fed report using Shift Project data, many service workers at large companies didn’t get expanded paid sick leave benefits during COVID-19.


New research by Sandra Susan Smith and Christopher Herring explores the impacts of "Ban-the-Box" legislation on employment for justice-involved individuals.


A $5 million gift from the Stone Foundation will establish the Stone Program in Wealth Distribution, Inequality, and Social Policy, and address the causes and consequences of income inequality globally.


The 2022 Stone Lecture in Economic Inequality featured Joseph Stiglitz in conversation with David Autor on March 28th in the JFK Jr. Forum.


Center faculty Gordon Hanson and Dani Rodrik receive $7.5 million Hewlett Foundation grant to explore alternative economic policies that generate equitable growth in a post-globalization world. 


Co-authored by David Deming, this AEI-Brookings report lays out actionable policies across a range of policy areas to improve the life of every child in the US.


 A new report by Isabella Jorgensen(R) and Sandra Susan Smith(L) provides key considerations for people interested in implementing bail reforms in their jurisdiction.


Revisit 2021’s 10 most viewed stories chronicling HKS research, insights, and achievements featuring the work of some of our own Wiener Center faculty.


New research by Daniel Schneider finds that more predictable worker scheduling improves health and well-being.


Alsan was awarded this fellowship in recognition of her work examining the legacies of discrimination and mistrust in perpetuating racial disparities in health.


Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Ben Austen discuss their experiences with the absurdities and intricacies of race in America.


The award recipients for the 2021 CID/Malcolm Wiener Joint Awards on Inequality Research have been announced.


Dean Douglas Elmendorf announced Deming’s Academic Dean appointment and other HKS faculty leadership transitions.


Harvard Magazine features Sandra Susan Smith and her research on work and incarceration in an unequal, atomized America.


Faculty members and student editors develop new data visualization tools for translating research.


Jane Mansbridge talks about the importance of citizens’ assemblies in getting polarized groups to listen to each other.


Project on Workforce's report highlights stark challenges and transformative opportunities for the growing field of organizations seeking to connect postsecondary education with employment.


Maya Sen and Stanford’s Adam Bonica present a compelling argument about how the nation's courts have become political tools used by the two political parties to further their interests.

2022 Student Research Awards Program

The Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy has finished collecting submissions for 2022 Student Class Day Prizes. The deadline for electronic submissions was 5:00PM (ET) on Wednesday, April 27nd, 2022.

 For more information about prize topics and eligibility, and to submit a paper for consideration, please visit this Qualtrics form: https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zgwxSCdqf1Q9a6 

Prizes winners will be announced on Class Day, May 25th. 


5 ways Gen Z is insisting on changes to the workplace
Boston Globe, May 18, 2022
Featured: Rachel Lipson

A Better Globalization Might Rise from Hyper-Globalization’s Ashes
Project Syndicate, May 9, 2022
Featured: Dani Rodrik 

It’s time for Mass. to eliminate cash bail
Commonwealth Magazine, April 30, 2022
Featured: Sandra Susan Smith

Why Economic Justice Begins In The Food Industry
Forbes, April 20, 2022
Featured: Shift Project

Most workers at large retail and food firms get less than $15 an hour—study
The Guardian, April 19, 2022
Featured: Daniel Schneider, Shift Project

Retail is plagued with workers making less than $15 an hour, despite employers' rising profits
CBS News, April 19, 2022
Featured: Daniel Schneider, Shift Project

America’s Biggest Companies Are Systematically Short-Changing Workers
Rolling Stone, April 19, 2022
Featured: Shift Project

It’s almost impossible to get fired from some jobs these days
Boston Globe, April 19, 2022
Featured: Rachel Lipson

The upward mobility problem 
Harvard Magazine, April 15, 2022
Featured: David Deming, Rachel Lipson

What happens when jurors are disproportionately white? Not justice. 
Boston Globe, April 12, 2022
Op-Ed: Sandra Susan Smith

Development economics goes north
Project Syndicate, April 11, 2022
Featured: Dani Rodrik 

NAACP defense fund president discusses voting rights at IOP Forum 
The Harvard Crimson, April 7, 2022
Featured: Khalil Gibran Muhammad 

Who benefited from expanded paid sick leave policies for service workers? And who didn’t?
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, April 5, 2022
Featured: Daniel Schneider, Shift Project

Racism undermines the health of Black Americans. This physician-economist is looking for solutions
PBS NewsHour, March 24, 2022
Featured: Marcella Alsan

Ukraine war and pandemic force nations to retreat from globalization
New York Times, March 22, 2022
Featured: Dani Rodrik

50 years ago sex equality seemed destined for the Constitution. What happened? 
NPR, March 22, 2022
Featured: Jane Mansbridge

What Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's history as a public defender means for the Supreme Court 
WBUR, March 21, 2022
Featured: Maya Sen

What happened to Starbuck’s? How a progressive company lost its way
Fast Company, March 17, 2022 
Featured: Daniel Schneider

Back to Work and Job Training
Bloomberg Markets, March 11, 2022
Featured: Rachel Lipson

Many Mass. hospitals are short-staffed. The culprit may not be a shortage of nurses
WBUR, February 28, 2022
Featured: Rachel Lipson

As politics infects public health, private companies profit 
Salon, February 26, 2022
Featured: Amitabh Chandra

A key to returning to normal is paid sick leave, Democrats say
New York Times, February 21, 2022
Featured: Daniel Schneider 

5 steps new presidents should take 
Inside Higher Ed, February 22, 2022
Featured: David Ellwood

A key to returning to normal is paid sick leave, Democrats say
New York Times, February 21, 2022
Featured: Daniel Schneider

Being the 1st: What it’s like to make Supreme Court history
Featured: Maya Sen
Associated Press, February 20, 2022

Examining Brian Flores’ suit against NFL 
Harvard Gazette, February 17, 2022
Featured: Khalil Gibran Muhammad

One white, one Black, they grew up in Hyde Park as best friends and didn’t realize how rare that was. ‘Some of My Best Friends Are ...’ is their popular podcast about race. 
Chicago Tribune, February 10, 2022
Featured: Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Adams wants tougher bail laws. Can he get other Democrats to agree? 
New York Times, February 8, 2022
Featured: Sandra Susan Smith

The GOP’s January 6 lies have reached a fever pitch
Vox, February 6, 2022
Featured: Alex Keyssar

Report shows that for shift workers, schedule uncertainty destroys peace of mind
Marketplace, February 3, 2022
Featured: Daniel Schneider 

Despite labor shortages, workers see few gains in economic security 
New York Times, February 1, 2022
Featured: Daniel Schneide

Minority shift workers more likely to face unstable schedules
Bloomberg, January 31, 2022
Featured: Shift Project 

Boston’s gang database should be dismantled 
Boston Globe, January 31, 2022
Featured: Sandra Susan Smith

Workers don't know their schedules until the last minute. That's a big problem
CNN, January 30, 2022
Featured: Daniel Schneider

Does the EBRD still finance freedom? 
Financial Times, January 30, 2022
Featured: Dani Rodrik

In stores and restaurants, the staff serving the public may be ill with COVID-19 because their bosses want them to keep working, say employees 
Business Insider, January 30, 2022
Featured: Shift Project 

Supreme Court joins other institutions facing dwindling public confidence
Newsweek, January 27, 2022
Featured: Maya Sen    

Low public confidence in Supreme Court as Breyer retires 
Washington Post, January 27, 2022
Featured: Maya Sen

Mitch McConnell's verbal separation of African Americans and Americans sparks outrage
WNYC, January 24, 2022
Featured: Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Omicron wave drives surge of workers calling in sick, working through illness 
Wall Street Journal, January 23, 2022
Featured: Daniel Schneider

Americans are showing up sick to work even as Omicron spreads
CNN, January 21, 2022
Featured: Daniel Schneider

Family of Emmett Till and more reflect on his funeral, killers’ trial 
ABC News, January 13, 2022
Featured: Khalil Gibran Muhammad

America’ biggest Coronavirus weakness
Featured: Daniel Schneider
The Atlantic, January 13, 2022

The big lie’s long shadow
FiveThirtyEight, January 12, 2022
Featured: Alex Keyssar 

You will probably get Omicron. It’s time to adjust expectations about what beating COVID means 
Fortune, January 12, 2022
Featured: Amitabh Chandra

Inflation heresies
Project Syndicate, January 11, 2022
Featured: Dani Rodrik

Omicron testing shortages and delays are making results useless – and deepening COVID inequality
Fortune, January 10, 2022
Featured: Amitabh Chandra

Stay home or work sick? Omicron poses a conundrum 
Associated Press, January 9, 2022
Featured: Daniel Schneider

Omicron is surging – and Democrats aren’t shutting things down this time
Politico, January 9, 2022
Featured: Robert Blendon

How to boost voter turnout to nearly 100 percent
The Boston Globe, January 8, 2022
Featured: Alex Keyssar 

Recalling Jan. 6: A national day of infamy, half remembered
Associated Press, January 5, 2022
Featured: Alex Keyssar

How will future historians judge Jan. 6? 
Los Angeles Times, January 2, 2022
Op-Ed: Alexander Keyssar 

Dark lessons of Jan. 6 Capitol assault 
Harvard Gazette, January 1, 2022
Featured: Alexander Keyssar 

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