Economics and economic policy are in flux
Prevailing policy mindsets have not only failed to produce robust economic growth, but have also resulted in increased inequality and economic insecurity. Societies are hostage to financial crises, the advance of climate change, and a lack of good jobs. When unexpected shocks hit, the vulnerabilities of the disadvantaged are further compounded.
We aim to piece together a range of ideas, disciplinary thinking, and perspectives to produce multidisciplinary scholarship that reshapes narratives about how we achieve inclusive prosperity.
Reimagining the Economy is an economics-centered, but multidisciplinary initiative. We use the theoretical and empirical tools of economics, but are also informed and enriched by the thinking in other disciplines. Our ultimate goal is to go beyond the analysis of how our current economy works (or doesn’t) to piece together new structures, governance mechanisms, and forms of market economy and capitalism. We combine analyses of existing arrangements with an examination of alternative designs for market institutions. We undertake studies of economic transformation at all levels: local, regional, national, and global. And we attempt to bring together analyses of the range of public inputs that generate inclusive prosperity – from finance and firm support to workforce development.
News & Highlights
Trump’s Tariffs Hurt U.S. Jobs but Swayed American Voters, Study Says
New York Times, February 2, 2024
America’s social ills are not simply due to inequality and despair
Washington Post, January 25, 2024
Preparing for the Energy Transition
Harvard Magazine, November-December, 2023
Dani Rodrik Says More...
Project Syndicate, October 10, 2023
China’s Factory Floor Is Moving—But Not to India or Mexico
The Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2023
This Part of Bidenomics Needs More Economics
The Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2023
The Energy Transition Is Underway. Fossil Fuel Workers Could Be Left Behind
New York Times, July 12, 2023
Transitioning to clean power without workers absorbing the shock
HKS PolicyCast, April 6, 2023
The Reimagining the Economy project aims to help build an economy at once productive and inclusive
Harvard Kennedy School, October 31, 2022
Why Services Need an Industrial Policy
Project Syndicate, October 12, 2022
The new rules for business in a post-neoliberal world
Financial Times, October 9, 2022
He predicted globalization's failure, now he’s planning what’s next
HKS PolicyCast, June 30, 2022
Wanted: New economic models for a post-globalization world
Harvard Kennedy School, February 16, 2022