Recalibrate - our policies were too heavy on efficiency, too light on equity


Welcome to the high-level podcast series run by the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab. This series introduces listeners to the world’s leading figures as they discuss how we can rebuild in a fairer and a smarter way after COVID-19. 


This episode has Professor Doug Elmendorf as a guest. He has been the Dean of Harvard Kennedy School and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy since 2016, having formerly served as the Director of the US Congressional Budget Office.


The host is Gabriela Ramos, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences.


The two discuss what it would take to reset equitably after COVID-19, how herd thinking (amongst experts and beyond) hurts us, and why trust in science is to be restored if the intent is to move ahead smartly. They also explain how pre-pandemic policies were focused too much on efficiency and not enough on equity. Recalibration of priorities is needed on the sides of both the knowledge producers and the policymakers.


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Doug Elmendorf is Dean of Faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School, and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy since 2016. He is the former assistant director of the Division of Research and Statistics at the Federal Reserve Board, deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department, and senior economist at the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers.


Gabriela Ramos is the Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO, where she oversees the contributions of the institution to build inclusive and peaceful societies. Prior to this, she served as the Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20/G2/APEC in the OECD,


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