Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

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We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative
George J. Borjas’ new book explores the research on the economics of immigration and proposed policy prescriptions for immigration in the U.S.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Matthew Desmond’s book examines the prevalence and far-reaching consequences of eviction. ‘EVICTED’ was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2016 by both the New York Times and Washington Post.

HKS PolicyCast

HKS Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad makes the case that modern issues surrounding race, policing, and mass incarceration are rooted in failures in education.

History & Timeline

Learn more about the history of Harvard Kennedy School.

A Conversation with Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy
JFK Jr. Forum, November 28, 2016
Vivek H. Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General, joined Amitabh Chandra, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy, for a conversation on America's most pressing public health issues and the potential for significant changes to the Affordable Care Act under the new administration. Calling the opioid crisis a "bipartisan issue", Murthy urged medical professionals to expand their traditional roles and become more engaged in public policy decisions and public life. Watch the JFK Jr. Forum video.


Historians in the Age of Trump
Inside Higher Ed, January 9, 2017
A discussion of the role of historians in analyzing the impact and significance of the Trump administration.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Leah Wright Rigueur

Can Training Really Stop Police Bias?
U.S. News & World Report, December 29, 2016
Implicit bias training programs may not be sufficient to eradicate bias within police departments nationwide.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad 

A Simple Way to Measure Health Care Outcomes 
Harvard Business Review, December 8, 2016
Regardless of the future of the ACA, improving healthcare by measuring patient satisfaction is an important consideration.
Commentary: Amitabh Chandra

Research: Perhaps Market Forces Do Work in Health Care After All
Harvard Business Review, December 5, 2016
A recent study provides evidence that traditional market forces may apply to health care.
Commentary: Amitabh Chandra

The Problem With One-Size-Fits-All Health Insurance
New York Times, December 5, 2016
Varying budgets and health care needs make one-size-fits-all health insurance problematic for the insured.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra

Hard Time Gets a Hard Look
Harvard Gazette, November 29, 2016
HKS and HLS faculty members’ research and real-world experience guides students in seminar on mass incarceration.
Quoted: Vincent Schiraldi, Bruce Western, and Nancy Gertner

If Donald Trump becomes the face of American racism, racism wins
Vox, November 7, 2016
Trump’s broad racism may detract from more nuanced conversations about racism in the U.S.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur

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October 13 – 4:10 PM to 6:00 PM – 10 Big Ideas: Inequality and Wealth Concentration – 10 faculty from across Harvard University's social sciences shared their ideas on inequality. Watch the 10 Big Ideas video.

Faculty Research »

Where History and the Humanities Meet Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
A Q+A session with Khalil Gibran Muhammad on post-election challenges, the humanities, and race in the public sphere.


“Are Firms That Discriminate More Likely to Go Out of Business?”
Sociological Science, September 19, 2016
Devah Pager tests the economic theory that employers pay a price for engaging in racial discrimination.


George Borjas and Matthew Desmond Named to the “Politico 50” - Politico Magazine cited Borjas, an economist, and Desmond, a sociologist, as two of the 50 people “transforming American politics.”


“Aiming Higher Together: Strategizing Better Educational Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color,” a new report by Ron Ferguson, commissioned by the Urban Institute, concerns what society can do to overcome the systemic predicament facing boys and young men of color.


A new Achievement Gap Initiative report, “The Influence of Teaching,” analyzes how components of teaching predict educational outcomes that tests do not measure, such as student engagement, success mindsets, and agency.