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HKS in the News March 28, 2012

1. Kennedy School Names IMF Head As Commencement Speaker (Ellwood, Pritchett, Bunn) Harvard Crimson

2. Larry Summers and the Technology of Money (Summers) Technology Review

3. Iraq Can Move Arab States to New Economic Focus (O’Sullivan) Bloomberg

4. The ongoing dangers of exporting America's future (Narayanamurti) Press Democrat (CA)

5. The Government Has Tried to Fix Football Before (Seglin) The Atlantic

Kennedy School Names IMF Head As Commencement Speaker

Harvard Crimson

March 28

Quoted: Dean David Ellwood, Lant Pritchett, Matthew Bunn, Belfer Center

Topic: Kennedy School Commencement Speaker

On May 23, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde will deliver the commencement address to this year’s class of Harvard Kennedy School graduates. Lagarde is not only the first woman to head the IMF, but also the first woman to serve as the minister of economic affairs for a G8 country—France. In 2011, she was ranked as the ninth most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine.

“Christine Lagarde is an extraordinarily talented and effective leader whose experience and insight is proving critical at a perilous time for the global economy,” Kennedy School Dean David T. Ellwood wrote in an emailed announcement to the Harvard community…

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Larry Summers and the Technology of Money

Technology Review

March 28

Quoted: Larry Summers

Topic: E-commerce

Larry Summers has examined the role of money in society through many lenses. He's been chief economist of the World Bank, secretary of the U.S. Treasury, and lead economic advisor to President Barack Obama during the financial crisis; his views shaped the recovery effort…

Technology Review reporter Conor Myhrvold sat down with Summers in his office at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he teaches now, to discuss how technology will change our financial future.

TR : You once said that "anyone who cares about the performance of market economies has to be deeply interested in the innovations of information technology." What innovations are most imporant [sic]?

Summers: The move toward e-commerce. When something goes 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, the gap between 16 and 32 is a lot bigger than the gap between 2 and 4. The penetration of e-commerce and the movement toward IT platforms of commerce is going to have a larger and larger impact on the real economy, simply because high percentage rates from a substantial base make more difference than high percentage rates from a very low base...

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Iraq Can Move Arab States to New Economic Focus


March 27

Commentary by: Meghan O’Sullivan, Belfer Center

Topic: Iraq

The 23rd Arab League Summit is now under way in Baghdad. Unlike the 22 non-emergency summits that preceded it, this one will be worth watching, and for two reasons.

First, to the surprise of many, the Arab League has become an organization of consequence. In the wake of revolutions across the region, the league has commanded something of a leadership role. In Libya, it was instrumental in ushering in and legitimizing foreign intervention against Muammar Qaddafi’s regime. And on Syria, through its proposals for monitors and peacekeeping forces, the league has been the most active international organization seeking to end the violence Bashar al-Assad has unleashed on his citizens…

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The ongoing dangers of exporting America's future

Press Democrat (CA)

March 27

Commentary by: Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Belfer Center

Topic: Jobs

We all know the United States has a jobs crisis. President Barack Obama further acknowledged it when he made manufacturing a top priority in this year's State of the Union address. He has his eye set on fixing the tax code to keep jobs onshore, training young people to fill them, reforming immigration to retain workers once trained and setting new standards to drive innovation and create more jobs. That's all good news for the nation; it's practically an industrial policy.

In all this, though, there's a worrisome undercurrent. The United States didn't just suddenly find itself in this crisis. Our nation has worked long and hard to get here, after decades of so-called free markets while other nations tilted the playing field, of American jobs going offshore, of politicians, economic advisers and industrialists finding common cause in letting manufacturing move to Asia and Latin America…

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The Government Has Tried to Fix Football Before

The Atlantic

March 28

Quoted: Jeffrey Seglin, Shorenstein Center

Topic: Ethics in Professional Football

In deciding to hold a Judiciary Committee hearing about bone-crunching "bounties" in pro football, Senator Dick Durbin seems to be following the great tradition of congressional pandering by exploiting a topic of momentary front-page curiosity.

But he may actually be inadvertently following a legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt in dealing with gridiron mayhem. It's all the more reason to help Durbin with questions for his Senate hearing next month and not just leave it up to those eager 20-something staff aides who'll likely crib from Sports Illustrated or ESPN gabfests.

"So does a bounty of $1,500 for hitting an opposing player particularly hard incentivize you more than your multi-million dollar salary incentivizes you to hit an opposing player particularly hard?" suggests Jeff Seglin, an ethicist and director of the communications program at the Kennedy School at Harvard...

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