Harvard Economics Alumni

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Alumni Newsletter

The annual Harvard Economics Alumni (HEA) newsletter--The Littauer Letter--is now in its fourth year!


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2018 Fall Reunion Weekend
Economics Dept. Reception & Discussion
Sat, October 13
Littauer Hansen-Mason Room

Faculty discussion with Professor Jeffrey Miron.
Jeff Miron

The Department of Economics invites all undergraduate and graduate alumni to a reception with members of the Department and fellow alumni, as well as a discussion with Professor Jeffrey Miron, Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Economics.

Professor Miron’s talk will focus on the rise in opioid deaths in the United States over the past two decades. The standard explanation blames pharmaceutical companies for aggressively advertising opioids, and doctors for excessively prescribing them, beginning in the early 1990s. Professor Miron instead suggests that the opioid crisis has resulted from too many restrictions on opioids rather than too few, which push opioid users toward diverted or illicit opioids. This causes more overdoses and deaths because consumers in underground markets cannot easily determine potency or quality. The implication of this “More Restrictions, More Deaths” narrative is that the United States should scale back restrictions on opioid prescribing.

Save the Date!
We'll have a Spring Reunion Reception & Faculty Discussion on Saturday, June 1, 2019.  More details coming in March.

Previous Receptions
May 26, 2018
"Macroeconomic Policy Challenges"
Professor Karen Dynan PhD '92

October 14, 2017
"Using Behavioral Economics to Improve Water Quality in Developing Countries"
Professor Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies

May 27, 2017
"The Economics of Drug Legalization"
Professor Jeffrey A. Miron

October 15, 2016
"The World Economy: Growth or Stagnation?"
Professor Dale W. Jorgenson AM '57, PhD ' 59
Video and Slides

Stay in Touch!

Questions?  Comments?  Want to tell us about the work you're doing or spotlight a fellow alumnus? You can reach us at ecalums@fas.harvard.edu.