Category Archives: Features

The Uneven Growth of Capitalism in India

Following the neoliberal reforms of the early 1990s, the Indian economy has consistently witnessed impressive GDP growth rates. The last-half century of the colonial rule—the notorious ‘British Raj’—generated an almost zero-growth economy, grinding poverty levels for the population, a stagnant agrarian setting, and a highly uneven industrial base. Once the British Raj was over, the post... Read More

Food Choice: Why It Matters and Why It Doesn’t

Food choice has become a major political battleground in the public health fight against obesity. Since the 1970s, the prevalence of obesity and overweight have both increased dramatically. Though rates are now relatively steady, the NIH reports that more than two-thirds of American adults and about one-third of children are overweight. The first shots across the bow, as it were, in the fight a... Read More

Ballet Companies: Do They Make Sense?

Since its conception as an art form in 15th century Italy, ballet has grown to encompass a prominent sector of the performance industry, while acquiring a rapidly growing presence in popular media. The New York City Ballet, one of the most elite ballet companies in the world, hosts an annual Fall Gala that is one of the most high-profile, anticipated performing arts events of the year attended ... Read More

Quantitative Easing: The Dawn of a New Age?


Every story begins with a new chapter and on June 19, 2013 began one such story. This was the story of an impending economic collapse— that of the emerging markets (EMs). The press conference then Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke held that day will forever be etched in our memories for it caused ripples, albeit financial, across the world.

However, what were ripples in the west ... Read More

Jeb Bush: Education Reform in America


Jeb Bush served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999-2007. He is the second son of former President George H. W. Bush and the younger brother of former President George W. Bush. Originally shared at the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s 2013 National Summit on Education in Boston on October 17, 2013.

As adults, we are responsible for the educational s... Read More

Editorial: The State of the Economy and Monetary Policy Solutions

This editorial is written by Justin Scott Katiraei, Ben Sprung-Keyser, Andreas Schaab, Eugene Wang, Asfandyar Nadeem, and Bob Wu. While serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief of this publication, Katiraei also works with his co-authors to represent the Harvard Economics Department at the Federal Reserve. Katiraei, Sprung-Keyser, and Schaab have been together ranked by the Federal Reserve System as F... Read More

The Paradox of Voting Revisited

Julian Jamison outlines why we vote, questions whether everyone should, and proposes ways to incentivize informed voting.

One of the classic problems in political economy (i.e. studying political science with the eye of an economist) is the paradox of voting: given the extremely insignificant chance that any individual vote will make the difference between one side’s winning... Read More