Oliver Hart, the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in economic sciences, takes on an old question in a new paper — what should the goals of a public company be?
National political dysfunction is crippling U.S. competitiveness, a major Harvard Business School report says.
In his latest book, “The Curse of Cash,” Ken Rogoff, the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, argues that the elimination of big bills could help stem crime and even aid countries trying to rebound from financial collapse.
Harvard Business School labor economist Gareth Olds discusses new research into the surprising relationship between entrepreneurship and the social safety net.
After months of vitriolic campaigns, on June 23 voters began to emerge from polling stations throughout the United Kingdom having cast their ballots in a ...
UPenn political scientist Diana Mutz spoke at Radcliffe on the gap between how citizens and economists view global trade.
Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond followed eight Milwaukee families living on the edge of eviction and chronicled their struggles in an ethnographic study that combines gripping narrative and groundbreaking research.
New research finds that female economists are not being fully credited for their contributions when they co-author papers with men, which may explain the significant tenure disparity between men and women in the field.
HBS’ Dante Roscini explains China’s stock market crash and how investors worldwide are recalibrating the country’s once go-go future.
A new study has found that the financial health of Social Security, the program millions of Americans have relied on for decades as a crucial part of their income, has been dramatically overstated.
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Acclaimed French economist Thomas Piketty discusses his landmark text, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” one year after its publication in English.
With talk of austerity and bailout terms as the backdrop, experts gathered at the Center for European Studies to discuss the Greek debt crisis in depth. They were not optimistic that a solution is near.
Author and economist Sendhil Mullainathan talks about the research behind “Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives.”
Mihir Desai spoke with the Gazette about the controversy surrounding tax inversion.
Economist Lawrence Summers and foreign policy expert Graham Allison talk about lessons learned from a Chinese research team’s comparison of the conditions around the Great Depression and the recession of 2008.
Urban demographic patterns in the United States often defy logic, but a new research paper co-authored by Harvard Kennedy School Professor Edward Glaeser is shedding light on why many Americans continue to move to cities that are on the downturn.
Edward Glaeser, an economics, government, and public policy expert at Harvard Kennedy School, and Jerold Kayden, an urban planning and design professor at the Graduate School of Design, discuss findings from a new Brookings Institution study on the rise of innovation districts across the nation.
A large study of child growth patterns in 36 developing countries finds that, contrary to widely held beliefs, economic growth has little to no effect on the nutritional status of the world’s poorest children.
In a Harvard talk the head of Germany’s central bank advocated steps to de-link failing governments and banks from the inflation-fighting monetary policy of central banks.
HBS Professor Josh Lerner evaluates the investor’s view of the much-anticipated Twitter IPO.
A discussion with Harvard Professor Kenneth Rogoff on the nation’s prospects for a stronger fiscal future.
On Nov. 7, fresh from spending election night in Chicago, Cass Sunstein, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, gave an audience there a peek at how the Obama administration has applied behavioral economics to regulatory decisions.
The American middle class has been battered by the loss of well-paying jobs for the 70 percent of the workforce without a college degree and failed by would-be protectors in government and private institutions, said panelists in a Harvard forum on April 27.
Business can be an engine for solving social problems — especially poverty — said Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus in a talk at Harvard Business School.
After more than a decade away, Professor Eric Maskin returned to the Economics Department this semester to a warm reception — and with a Nobel Prize in tow.
In a paper published last year, Harvard professors David Laibson and Brigitte Madrian argued that employers should design investment menus for their employees that facilitate good choices, “rather than assuming that giving people every option under the sun will lead to the right decision." The report, co-authored with James Choi of Yale, was recently honored with the TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award.
A panel discusses “The Growing Challenge of Inequality,” an issue easily described and summarized, but difficult to solve, the speakers said, given the political and economic climate that currently dominates the United States.
Eurozone’s ongoing problems create a ripple effect in developing nations, says World Bank president.
Parts of the U.S. economy have been recovering for more than a year, but American jobs haven’t yet returned along with renewed profits. Harvard experts offer insights into what large-scale unemployment means for the nation, and what policymakers and others can do to fix a balky system.
Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang touts onetime Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping’s “one country, two systems” philosophy for his area’s economic fortitude.
Occupy Wall Street, the inspiration for hundreds of similar economic protests, is “an angry work in progress” that drew experts’ attention during two programs at Harvard.
Two alumni of Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who received their Ph.D.s from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, won the Nobel Prize for economics Oct. 10, 2011 for their work on change and the macroeconomy.
A conference on “The Futures of Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue” brought together academics and working reporters to hash out immigration topics such as the law, economics, and the future impact of the new arrivals’ children on U.S. labor markets and culture.
The debates over health care reform may soon become more informed. A new study undertaken by a group of researchers, including Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Professor Amitabh Chandra, provides a detailed snapshot of U.S. medical malpractice claims, awards, and frequency by specialty.
A team of researchers at Harvard and in London has created a model of bank failure aimed at helping economies avoid crashes. Their work highlights a fundamental dilemma for regulators: Improving the safety of individual banks may make the financial system as a whole more dangerous.
Gita Gopinath, Harvard’s newest tenured professor of economics, uses complex mathematics to model the financial world, but she also hunts for clues in real-world data.
Economist Marc Melitz improves models of international trade by viewing broad trends in tandem with the behavior of individual corporations.
Financial reforms just enacted, said FDIC chair Sheila Bair, will put risk where it belongs, and usher in a new era of stability, efficiency, and consumer protection.
In a two-day conference a group of Harvard scholars joined leaders in the private and public sectors to explore gender gaps in societal, political, and economic realms, as well as the means of developing policy, corporate practices, and leadership strategies to foster gender diversity.
The World Economic Forum came to Harvard in an effort to engage the academic community, particularly its students, in the pressing issues of the day, from the international monetary system to trade to the population explosion.
Harvard panel examines fiscal problems of the past two years, and what it will take to restore the economy to health.
Harvard authorities across many fields offer their ideas on how to get the nation’s lagging economy back on track.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s prescription for a shaken world economy: Coordinate action, and write a global economic constitution that reflects morality while acknowledging business needs.
Study finds that bank foreclosures reduce a house’s price by an average of 27 percent, and nearby homes see their prices cut by an average of 1 percent.
In a panel discussion celebrating the Harvard Extension School’s centennial, three speakers discuss the moribund economy, offering advice that job seekers plunge ahead and reinvent themselves to prosper in the changed marketplace.
Economist Steven Levitt recalled his undergraduate time at Harvard and explored some of his new research during a discussion at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
HKS researchers present new calculus for comparing poverty levels and changes over time, and between countries. The authors say the U.S. “war on poverty” produced significant gains in the 1990s compared with the ’80s.
Harvard Business School exhibit examines "Bubbles, Panics, and Crashes: A Century of Financial Crises, 1830s-1930s."
The Harvard Statistics Department marked the centennial birth year of one of its founding members, William Gemmell Cochran, with a symposium celebrating his landmark scholarship.
Former governor of New York and Harvard Law School alumnus Eliot Spitzer returned to campus to offer his perspective on the topic of institutional corruption.