Boston Globe | Reports on a new Boston Basics campaign, targeted in one city's poorest neighborhoods, to build babies’ cognitive and learning abilities from birth to age 3.
Research shows that 80 percent of brain growth occurs during the first three years of life and that racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic gaps can become apparent by age 2, said Ron Ferguson, faculty director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University, which is helping to launch the campaign.
“By the age of two, those gaps are already there,” Ferguson said at a presentation to more than two dozen officers at the B-3 police precinct in Mattapan on Monday. “And by the time [children] start school those gaps are way behind."
Washington Post | Michael Luca, Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School, talks with the Post about his latest working paper (joint with Dara Lee Luca of Mathematica Policy Research), "Survival of the Fittest: The Impact of the Minimum Wage on Firm Exit." View the research
Marketwatch | Discusses new NBER working paper by George J. Borjas, which finds a large decline in the wage penalty for undocumented workers over the past decade. Borjas is Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. View the research
Foreign Affairs | Review essay by political scientist Suzanne Mettler of Cornell University examines David A. Moss's new book, Democracy: A Case Study (Harvard University Press, 2017), and Christopher H. Achen and Larry M. Bartels, Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government (Princeton University Press, 2016).
The Atlantic | Feature on Boston Basics, a series of evidence-based parenting principles designed for children under the age of 3, created by Ronald Ferguson of Harvard Kennedy School and director of Harvard University's Achievement Gap Initiative.
Minnesota Post | Coverage of Theda Skocpol's talk, "Battle of the Mega-Donors: Koch Network vs. Democracy Alliance," delivered in the Humphrey Forum at the University of Minnesota. Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard.
Public Books | Catharine R. Stimpson digs into three new books, including The Diversity Bargain, by Natasha Warikoo (Ph.D. '05), Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Education and Equality, by Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor.
Boston Review | In the latest episode of BR: A Political and Literary Podcast, Bernie Sanders talks to Archon Fung, Boston Reviewboard member and Professor and Academic Dean at the Harvard Kennedy School, about his new book, 'Our Revolution,' the future of progressive politics, and what must be done to resist the Trump regime. Includes an edited transcript of their conversation.
Vera Institute of Justice | The Vera Institute of Justice announced today the appointment of Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School to its board of trustees.