A Shift Project report examines COVID safety at America’s largest retail, food service, grocery, and delivery firms.


Research shows that people around the world are willing to sacrifice their own rights and freedoms  to improve public health.


An NBER working paper by Chris Avery reviews coronavirus models and suggests opportunities to bolster economic outcomes and save lives.


Mary T. Bassett and Khalil Gibran Muhammad discuss public health in the time of COVID-19, exploring how the virus encounters existing inequalities, replicates and amplifies them.


Researcher Rachel Lipson and mid-career student Jess Northend are tracking global policy responses.


New research tracing outbreaks among prison inmates and correctional staff. You can also read a Q&A with study authors Marcella Alsan and Crystal Yang.


Research from George Borjas shows economic and racial disparities in testing and infection.


The pandemic has reminded us of the most important parts of in-person teaching.


HKS faculty members sharing their expertise and responding to callers’ questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.


HKS faculty and researchers share their insights and expertise.

Wiener Center Faculty and Researchers in the News

Goodman, Schneider: Frontline workers need family paid leave to survive
Portland Tribune, August 13, 2021
Featured: Daniel Schneider

Study finds physicians are widely effective messengers of COVID-19 information
MIT News, July 15, 2021
Featured: Marcella Alsan 

Where the dead lie thicker
June 28, 2021
Featured: Marcella Alsan, Amitabh Chandra

We reviewed three at-home covid tests. The results were mixed. 
MIT Technology Review, May 4, 2021
Featured: Amitabh Chandra 

With COVID spread, ‘racism — not race — is the risk factor’
Harvard Gazette, April 22, 2021
Featured: Ron Ferguson & Daniel Schneider

Workers at these companies say they’re still not safe from COVID-19
HuffPost, December 17, 2020
Featured: Daniel Schneider

The end of $600 stimulus checks has left unemployed Americans facing financial ruin
The Philadelphia Tribune, November 4, 2020
Featured: Daniel Schneider

Unemployed faced major barriers to financial support
Harvard Gazette, October 14, 2020
Featured: Shift Project Research, Daniel Schneider and Kristen Harknett (UCSF) 

Harvard Law School, Kennedy School professors talk racial inequalities during COVID-19
Harvard Crimson, October 7, 2020
Featured: Sandra Susan Smith

How crisis shaped voting tech in the U.S., and how COVID is doing the same
CNET, September 25, 2020
Featured: Alex Keyssar

The crisis of mistrust and COVID-19: Race and re-imagining tracing and vaccination
USA Today, September 9, 2020
Op-ed by Marcella Alsan and Cornell William Brooks

Project on Workforce fellows work with Bunker Hill Community College focusing on the effect of COVID-19 on students’ career planning and post-graduation job opportunities

A COVID‐19 crisis in U.S. jails and prisons
ACS Journals, August 3, 2020
Featured: Marcella Alsan

Essential workers should be treated with more respect
San Francisco Chronicle, July 11, 2020
Op-ed by Daniel Schneider and Kristen Harknett

What Coronavirus Researchers Can Learn From Economists
The New York Times, June 30, 2020
Featured: Amitabh Chandra

After saving his own life with a repurposed drug, a professor reviews every drug being tried against Covid-19. Here's what he's found
CNN, June 26, 2020
Featured: Amitabh Chandra

Academic advising in a pandemic and beyond
Inside HigherEd, June 16, 2020
Quoted: David Deming

The children being left behind by America's online schooling
MIT Technology Review, May 13, 2020
Quoted: David Deming

Why 1.4 million Health Jobs Have Been Lost During a Huge Health Crisis
The New York Times, May 8, 2020
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra

'Risk Based' Social Distancing is Key to Reopening
The Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2020
Quoted: Christopher Avery 

The Critical Condition of Health Care in 2020
U.S. News, May 1, 2020
Quoted: Robert Blendon

'You're not supposed to keep that payment': Mnuchin wants stimulus money given to dead taxpayers returned
USA Today, April 29, 2020
Quoted: Malcolm Sparrow

College Pushes Campus Employers to Offer Remote Opportunities
The Harvard Crimson, April 24, 2020
Quoted: David Deming

Moving past 'invisible enemy,' Trump nudges nation to reopen 
The Associated Press, April 22, 2020
Quoted: Robert Blendon

How do you know voting by mail works? The U.S. military's done it since the Civil War
NBC News, April 19, 2020
Featured: Alexander Keyssar

How to test everyone for the coronavirus
MIT Technology Review, April 16, 2020
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra

Dispatches from social distancing students and faculty
The Harvard Gazette, April 14, 2020
Featuring: David Deming

COVID-19 Is Hurting Black Americans in Almost Every Way
Bloomberg, April 14, 2020
Featured: NBER Study by George Borjas

Voting during a pandemic? Here's what happened in 1918
CBS News, April 7, 2020
Quoted: Alexander Keyssar

A Detailed Plan for Getting Americans Back to Work
Harvard Business Review, April 1, 2020
Co-authored: Amitabh Chandra, Mark Fishman, Douglas Melton

Even the Coronavirus can't bridge America's partisan divide 
Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2020
Quoted: Robert Blendon

Harvard Social Policy Expert Talks COVID-19 and Economic, Social Policy
The Harvard Crimson, March 27, 2020
Featured: David Deming

What Covid-19 means for international aid
CGTN, March 19,2020
Op Ed: Arvind Subramanian

Scale the price for a coronavirus vaccine by the harm it averts
The Boston Globe, March 13, 2020
Op Ed: Amitabh Chandra

As Americans take virus precautions, Trump flouts advice
Associated Press, March 10, 2020
Featured: Robert Blendon

Student Spotlight: Georges Clement (MPP 2020)

Georges Clement is the co-founder and acting executive director of JustFix.NYC, which has launched a new website to support tenants across the country struggling to pay rent during COVID-19: norent.org. The website helps tenants create a formal letter to notify a landlord of nonpayment of rent, customized by state, and mails it USPS Certified Mail for free. 

New York City issued an eviction moratorium and closed its housing courts except for virtual-only emergency repair and illegal lockout cases. With all court filings now needing to be done digitally, JustFix has partnered with the housing court system to adapt their existing tools in order to streamline the emergency filing process for tenants with an online tool that enables tenants to create the emergency repair court filings and have them officially submitted to the courts.