Where ideas meet practice

Harvard Kennedy School is a place where ideas meet practice as scholars and practitioners conduct research on pressing public policy problems and share their insights with students. In addition to research and teaching, our faculty is actively engaged in the affairs of the world—shaping public policy, advising governments, and helping to run major institutions in the United States and abroad. The learning in our classrooms reflects this reality.

Faculty teaching in the Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) Program come from a range of countries—Argentina, China, Cuba, India, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, Venezuela, as well as the U.S.—and varied disciplines (such as economics, political science, and public administration). They are leaders in their fields of scholarship. Their research is changing the ways in which poverty and underdevelopment are analyzed and approached.

What particularly distinguishes MPA/ID faculty members is that they are scholars and practitioners. Over the course of their careers, our faculty members are likely to hold full-time positions in government or international organizations. They also work with:

  • Countries like Albania, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela
  • International organizations like the Asian Development Bank, IMF, UN, and the World Bank
  • Nongovernmental organizations such as Oxfam, Pratham, and the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa

Learn more about the interests and experiences of some of our core MPA/ID faculty members. These and other scholars and practitioners make our faculty the strongest in the world in this field.

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MPA/ID Faculty Chair 2018-19

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Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
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Targeted transfers may be more effective than Universal Basic Income

Professors Rema Hanna and Arvind Subramanian, former chief economic adviser in India, discuss the effectiveness of the Universal Basic Income compared to targeted schemes in meeting welfare goals such as poverty reduction. "While Universal Basic Income may seem a more attractive alternative to targeted transfers on paper, it may not always be so in reality" argues Professor Hanna in a new research paper. 

Professor Hanna is Co-Director of the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) research program at the Center for International Development. Professor Subramanian teaches the MPA/ID capstone course DEV-250Y Second Year Policy Analysis Seminar.

Rohini Pande encourages the AIIB to consider the “invisible infrastructure” and gender

"Taking women’s daily travel patterns into account when designing a project, or recognizing and addressing the disproportionate impact that lack of water and wastewater infrastructure places on women, can have life-altering impacts on their livelihoods and communities" says Professor Rohini Pande in this Devex article

Professor Pande co-teaches the MPA/ID core course DEV-101 Economic Development: Theory and Evidence.

US will lack fiscal space to respond when next recession comes

"The US economy is doing well. But the next recession - and there is always another recession - could be very bad" writes Professor Jeffrey Frankel in The Guardian. "Given massive global corporate debt and a soaring US stock market – the cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings ratio is high by historical standards – one possible trigger for a downturn in the coming years is a negative shock that could send securities tumbling."

Professor Frankel is James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth. He teaches the MPA/ID core courses API-120 Advanced Macroeconomics for the Open Economy I and API-119 Advanced Macroeconomics for the Open Economy II.

Harvard’s Reinhart Says Emerging Markets Are in Tougher Spot Than During ‘08 Crisis

"While money managers from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to UBS Wealth Management still tout investing opportunities in emerging markets, the asset class has one notable critic: Harvard professor Carmen Reinhart." In this Bloomberg article the Cuban-born economist writes, "The overall shape they’re in has a lot more cracks now than it did five years ago and certainly at the time of the global financial crisis. It’s both external and internal conditions."

Professor Reinhart teaches the MPA/ID capstone course DEV-250Y Second Year Policy Analysis Seminar and BGP-670: Financial Crises: Concepts and Evidence.

The right approach for public-private partnership

"To provide infrastructure such as roads and power, listening to both contestants, and assessing their strengths and weaknesses, is essential" writes Professor Ricardo Hausmann in a recent opinion piece. "To avoid privately financed infrastructure projects from becoming expensive and slower than anticipated, private financing should be brought in only after a project is completed."

Professor Hausmann teaches DEV-309 Development Policy Strategy.