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A new 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.


New 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.

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.

Wiener Center Faculty and Researchers in the News

Essential workers should be treated with more respect
San Francisco Chronicle, July 11, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has made plain just how important the work of retail, grocery and food service workers is.
Op-ed by Daniel Schneider and Kristen Harknett

What Coronavirus Researchers Can Learn From Economists
The New York Times, June 30, 2020
To test the effectiveness of drugs against Coronavirus, randomized controlled trials remain the gold standard, but natural experiments can help doctors who need answers now. 
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
Dr. David Faigenbaum leads a team that reviews all of the drugs that physicians and researchers have used so far to treat Covid-19.
Featured: Amitabh Chandra

Academic advising in a pandemic and beyond
Inside HigherEd, June 16, 2020
Education experts seek an alternative model for academic advising that takes in some of the assumed realities that higher education will confront while remaining on-line.
Quoted: David Deming

The children being left behind by America's online schooling
MIT Technology Review, May 13, 2020
Limited access to the internet and technology is widening inequality in education and causing poor students to fall behind. 
Quoted: David Deming

Why 1.4 million Health Jobs Have Been Lost During a Huge Health Crisis
The New York Times, May 8, 2020
While health care jobs were once considered recession-proof, that sector is now experiencing massive job losses due to COVID-19. 
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra

'Risk Based' Social Distancing is Key to Reopening
The Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2020
The slow approach to reopening the economy will offer a mix of trade-offs, costs and benefits. 
Quoted: Christopher Avery 

The Critical Condition of Health Care in 2020
U.S. News, May 1, 2020
Issues like mounting joblessness and a loss of health insurance are being felt unusually hard in states pivotal to the presidential race. 
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
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wants the relatives and estates of the recently deceased who received stimulus checks to return the money. 
Quoted: Malcolm Sparrow

College Pushes Campus Employers to Offer Remote Opportunities
The Harvard Crimson, April 24, 2020
Harvard College endeavors to create remote employment opportunities for students unable to work on-campus jobs due to the undergraduate evacuation. 
Quoted: David Deming

Moving past 'invisible enemy,' Trump nudges nation to reopen 
The Associated Press, April 22, 2020
As President Trump moves to reopen the economy, he faces the challenge of convincing citizens that it is safe to resume their normal lives. 
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
As some liken the fight against the corona virus to a war, discussion turns to expanding voting rights as some states lower barriers to casting a ballot. 
Featured: Alexander Keyssar

How to test everyone for the coronavirus
MIT Technology Review, April 16, 2020
Entrepreneurs and academics are researching ways to create population-level testing . 
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra

Dispatches from social distancing students and faculty
The Harvard Gazette, April 14, 2020
Harvard Community members share the different ways they are adapting to their virtual  lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Featuring: David Deming

COVID-19 Is Hurting Black Americans in Almost Every Way
Bloomberg, April 14, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, black Americans are disproportionately affected by the disease itself as well as the economic fallout. 
Featured: NBER Study by George Borjas

Voting during a pandemic? Here's what happened in 1918
CBS News, April 7, 2020
Historians note the similarities between voting and the elections in 2020 that are impacted by the COVID19 pandemic and the elections held during the 1918 flu outbreak that killed 675,000 Americans.        
Quoted: Alexander Keyssar

A Detailed Plan for Getting Americans Back to Work
Harvard Business Review, April 1, 2020
Three Harvard faculty members outline a path towards reopening the economy.       
Co-authored: Amitabh Chandra, Mark Fishman, Douglas Melton

Even the Coronavirus can't bridge America's partisan divide 
Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2020
Recent polls show that Americans' view of the coronavirus is divided.  
Quoted: Robert Blendon

Harvard Social Policy Expert Talks COVID-19 and Economic, Social Policy
The Harvard Crimson, March 27, 2020
Via an online webinar, David Deming spoke about COVID-19's economic consequences and efforts to minimize its spread across the globe.
Featured: David Deming

What Covid-19 means for international aid
CGTN, March 19,2020
Arvind Subramanian discusses the residual consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on the global economy as well as the structure of international aid.        
Op Ed: Arvind Subramanian

Scale the price for a coronavirus vaccine by the harm it averts
The Boston Globe, March 13, 2020
Amitabh Chandra explains how the larger upfront cost of a Covid-19 vaccine is worth it in the long run for the U.S. stock Market.        
Op Ed: Amitabh Chandra

As Americans take virus precautions, Trump flouts advice
Associated Press, March 10, 2020
Public Health officials say Trump is sending the wrong message by defying social distancing practices and by not modeling experts' recommendations.  
Featured: Robert Blendon