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  • Teacher Value-Added

    Great Teachers

    Create Great Value

    And test score based measures are useful for identifying such teachers

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    Teacher Value-Added
  • Equality of Opportunity Project

    Equality of Opportunity

    Varies across the United States

    Outcomes for children of low income parents vary a lot across the U.S.

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    Equality of Opportunity Project
  • Retirement Savings Study

    Savings Increase

    with Automatic Contribution

    But subsidies are less effective at increasing total savings

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    Retirement Savings Study
  • Social Security

    How Does Social Security
    Affect Private Saving?

    A study looks at the effect of mandatory social security coverage
    of public employees on their private savings

    Social Security
  • Health Care

    Insurer Competitive Incentives
    and Health Costs

    A study looks at how incentive structures affect insurer competition
    in the Massachusetts subsidized health insurance exchange

    Health Care

About LEAP

The Lab for Economic Applications and Policy facilitates research related to government policy, with the aim of injecting scientific evidence into policy debates. LEAP consists of three components:

  • Funding

    The Lab for Economic Applications and Policy (LEAP) at Harvard University invites applications for small grants for research projects on applied economics (broadly construed) and policy.  Economics and PEG Economics-Track Ph.D. students and Junior (tenure-track) faculty of the Economics Department are eligible to apply.  Visiting students and scholars are ineligible.  Projects will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance for applied economics and policy and the quality of proposed research relative to the costs.  Funding preference is given for items that may be difficult to fund through granting agencies on a timely basis.  Examples of expenses covered by LEAP include costs incurred in setting up a field experiment, travel to a field experiment site, or the purchase of proprietary data.  LEAP does not cover salary or stipends or purchase of equipment such as computers. LEAP small grants are generally limited to $10,000, except in extraordinary circumstances.

Grants Application
  • Visitors

    A visitor program brings in two leading researchers every semester to visit LEAP and teach short topics courses related to their research.


Visiting Faculty
  • Interactions

    A cluster of offices and lounge on the 2nd floor of Littauer to foster interaction among faculty and students. This space includes visitor offices as well as a rotating office used by economists from Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.