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Harvard Kennedy School faculty disseminate their research in working papers and publications that contribute to public knowledge and fuel policy innovation. This list features recent faculty publications, including journal articles, books, edited volumes, research papers, and public testimony.

Faculty Papers and Publications

Bai, Jie, and Jiahua Liu. "The Impact of Intranational Trade Barriers on Exports: Evidence from a Nationwide VAT Rebate Reform in China." December 2019.
Frankel, Jeffrey A. "The Case for Old-Fashioned Tariff Cuts." Project Syndicate, November 27, 2019.
Frankel, Jeffrey A. "How a Weaponized Dollar Could Backfire." Project Syndicate, October 23, 2019.
Frankel, Jeffrey A. "The Us Economic Recovery Is Far From Being a World Record." The Guardian, June 14, 2019.
Arkedis, Jean, Jessica Creighton, Akshay Dixit, Archon Fung, Stephen Kosack, Dan Levy, and Courtney Tolmie. "Can Transparency and Accountability Programs Improve Health? Experimental Evidence from Indonesia and Tanzania." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP19-020, June 2019.
Walton, Michael, Patrick Heller, and Partha Mukhopadyay. "Cabal City: Urban Regimes and Accumulation without Development." Business and Politics in India. Ed. Christophe Jaffrelot, Atul Kohli, and Kanta Murali. Oxford University Press, 2019.
Goldsmith, Stephen. "Government Employment for Those Who Need a Leg Up." Governing. May 21, 2019.
Alatas, Vivi, Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Benjamin A. Olken, Ririn Purnamasari, and Matthew Wai-Poi. "Does Elite Capture Matter? Local Elites and Targeted Welfare Programs in Indonesia." AEA Papers and Proceedings 109 (May 2019): 334-339.
Jorgenson, Dale W., Mun Ho, and Jon Samuels. "Recent U.S. Economic Performance and Prospects for Future Growth." Journal of Policy Modeling 41.3 (May 2019): 459-476.
Perkins, Dwight H. "Development Strategies Available to North Korea and Their Political Risks." North Korea: Peace? Nuclear War? Ed. William Overholt. Pacific Century Institute, 2019.
Goldsmith, Stephen. "Development Incentives That Make Sense." Governing. February 26, 2019.
Eaves, David. "Privacy of Digital Government Services." Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, Parliament of Canada, February 7, 2019.
Banerjee, Abhijit, Rema Hanna, Jordan Kyle, Benjamin A. Olken, and Sudarno Sumarto. "Private Outsourcing and Competition: Subsidized Food Distribution in Indonesia." Journal of Political Economy 127.1 (February 2019): 101-137.
Bai, Jie, Seema Jayachandran, Edmund J. Malesky, and Benjamin A. Olken. "Firm Growth and Corruption: Empirical Evidence From Vietnam." The Economic Journal 129.618 (February 2019): 651-677.
Perkins, Dwight H. "Measuring China’s Economic Reform Progress." China Economic Review 53 (February 2019): 342-350.
Khwaja, Asim Ijaz. "Making Moves Matter: Experimental Evidence on Incentivizing Bureaucrats through Performance-Based Postings." American Economic Review 109.1 (January 2019): 237–270.
Walton, Michael. "An Indian Gilded Age? Continuity and Change in the Political Economy of India’s Development." Class and Conflict: Revisiting Pranab Bardhan's Political Economy of India. Ed. Elizabeth Chatterjee and Matthew McCartney. Oxford University Press, 2019.
Banerjee, Abhijit, Rema Hanna, Benjamin A. Olken, and Sudarno Sumarto. "The (Lack of) Distortionary Effects of Proxy-Means Tests: Results from a Nationwide Experiment in Indonesia." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP18-041, December 2018.
O'Sullivan, Meghan. "One Fewer Reason to Be Nervous About the G-20 This Weekend." Bloomberg Opinion, November 29, 2018.
Duflo, Esther, Michael Greenstone, Rohini Pande, and Nicholas Ryan. "The Value of Regulatory Discretion: Estimates from Environmental Inspections in India." Econometrica 86.6 (November 2018): 2123-2160.
Barboni, Giorgia, Erica Field, Rohini Pande, Natalia Rigol, Simone Schaner, and Charity Troyer Moore. "A Tough Call: Understanding Barriers to and Impacts of Women’s Mobile Phone Adoption in India." October 2018.
Hanna, Rema, and Benjamin A. Olken. "Universal Basic Incomes vs. Targeted Transfers: Anti-Poverty Programs in Developing Countries." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP18-024, August 2018.
Dynan, Karen, and Louise Sheiner. "GDP as a Measure of Economic Well-Being." Hutchins Center, Brookings Institution, August 2018.
Balietti, Anca, Lucy Page, Rohini Pande, Kevin Rowe, and Anant Sudarshan. "Lease Splitting and Dirty Entrants: The Unintended Deforestation Consequences of India’s Environmental Clearance Process Reform." July 2018.
Andrabi, Tahir, Jishnu Das, Asim Ijaz Khwaja, Selcuk Ozyurt, and Niharika Singh. "Upping the Ante: The Equilibrium Effects of Unconditional Grants to Private Schools." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP18-019, July 2018.
Perkins, Dwight H. "The Complex Task of Evaluating China’s Economic Reforms." China's 40 Years of Reform and Development 1978-2018. Australian National University Press, 2018, 135-154.
So, Sokbunthoeun, Michael Woolcock, Leah April, Caroline Hughes, and Nicola Smithers, eds. Alternative Paths to Public Financial Management and Public Sector Reform: Experiences from East Asia. The World Bank, 2018.
Kellerman, Barbara. Professionalizing Leadership. Oxford University Press, 2018.
Hanna, Rema, Nur Cahyadi, Benjamin A. Olken, Rizal Adi Prima, Elan Satriawan, and Ekki Syamsulhakim. "Cumulative Impacts of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs: Experimental Evidence from Indonesia." National Bureau of Economic Research, May 2018.
Bernhardt, Arielle, Erica Field, Rohini Pande, Natalia Rigol, Simone Schaner, Charity Troyer-Moore. "Male Social Status and Women's Work." AEA Papers and Proceedings 108 (May 2018): 363-367.
Dynan, Karen. "Household Debt." Milken Institute Review. April 27, 2018.
Banerjee, Abhijit, Rema Hanna, Jordan Kyle, Benjamin A. Olken, and Sudarno Sumarto. "Tangible Information and Citizen Empowerment: Identification Cards and Food Subsidy Programs in Indonesia." Journal of Political Economy 126.2 (April 2018): 451-491.
Juma, Calestous. "Exponential Innovation and Human Rights: Implications for Science and Technology Diplomacy." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP18-011, February 2018.
Mayne, Quinton. "Cities on a Hill?" Boston Review. February 13, 2018.
Foarta, Dana, Jessica Leight, Rohini Pande, and Laura Ralston. "Value for Money? Community Targeting in Vote-Buying and Politician Accountability." CEPR Discussion Papers, January 2018.
Perkins, Dwight H. "Is the Chinese Economy Headed for a Hard Landing." The China Questions: Critical Insight into a Rising Power. Ed. Jennifer Rudolph and Michael Sonyi. Harvard University Press, 2018.
Dynan, Karen. "Implications for Tax Policy of Lower Trend Productivity Growth." Peterson Institute for International Economics, November 2017.
Dodge, Eric, Yusuf Neggers, Rohini Pande, and Charity Troyer Moore. "Having it at Hand: How Small Search Frictions Impact Bureaucratic Efficiency." October 2017.
Bai, Jie, Seema Jayachandran, Edmund J. Malesky, and Benjamin A. Olken. "Firm Growth and Corruption: Empirical Evidence from Vietnam." The Economic Journal (Fall 2017).
Brown, Jason and Karen Dynan. "Increasing the Economic Security of Older Women." The 51% - Driving Growth through Women's Economic Participation. Brookings Institution, 2017.
Greenstone, Michael, Santosh Harish, Rohini Pande, and Anant Sudarshan. "The Solvable Challenge of Air Pollution in India." India Policy Forum 2017, July 2017.
Chattaraj, Shahana and Michael Walton. "Functional Dysfunction: Mumbai’s Political Economy of Rent Sharing." Oxford Review of Economic Policy 33.3 (Autumn 2017): 438-456.
Dynan, Karen. "Prospects for Changes in U.S. Fiscal Policy and Their Effects on the U.S. Economy." US-China Cooperation in a Changing Global Economy. Ed. Adam S. Posen, and Jiming Ha. Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2017, 15-34.
Andrews, Matt, Duminda Ariyasinghe, Thamari Batuwanthudawa, Shivanthika Darmasiri, Nilupul de Silva, Peter Harrington, Prasanna Jayasinghe, et al. "Learning to Target for Economic Diversification: PDIA in Sri Lanka." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP17-020, January 2017.
Bernhardt, Arielle, Erica Field, Rohini Pande, and Natalia Rigol. "Household Matters: Revisiting the Returns to Capital among Female Microentrepreneurs." April 2017.
Chauvin, Juan Pablo, Edward Glaeser, Yueran Ma, and Kristina Tobio. "What Is Different About Urbanization in Rich and Poor Countries? Cities in Brazil, China, India and the United States." Journal of Urban Economics 98 (March 2017): 17-49.
Dhaliwal, Iqbal, and Rema Hanna. "The Devil is in the Details: Experimental Evidence on Bureaucratic Reform in India." Journal of Development Economics (January 2017).
Barnhardt, Sharon, Erica Field, and Rohini Pande. "Moving to Opportunity or Isolation? Network Effects of a Randomized Housing Lottery in Urban India." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 9.1 (January 2017): 1-32.
Glaeser, Edward, Wei Huang, Yueran Ma, and Andrei Shleifer. "A Real Estate Boom with Chinese Characteristics." Journal of Economic Perspectives 31.1 (Winter 2017).
Perkins, Dwight H. and John P. Tang. "East Asian Industrial Pioneers:Japan, Korea Taiwan." The Spread of Modern Industry to the Periphery since 1871. Ed. Kevin Hjortshoj O'Rourke and Jeffrey Gale Williamson. Oxford University Press, 2017, 28.