About JWE


    JWE was founded in 2001 with the goals of expanding human capabilities within a context of freedom and justice; developing a new generation of students linked to distinguished scholars whose work encompasses ethical, political and economic dimensions of human welfare and development; fostering an interdisciplinary approach that works against the modern tendency toward separation of economics from moral and political contexts; and prioritizing research linking normative and empirical questions. Amartya Sen served as the program's first chair.

    Our Mission

    The Project on Justice, Welfare, and Economics (JWE) seeks to foster scholarly research by faculty and graduate students on issues at the intersection of economics and the other social sciences, and law and ethics. The main thrust of this initiative is to stimulate new research and teaching in this area and to support the work of younger scholars that encompasses and integrates ethical, political and economic dimensions of human development.

    Letter from the Chair

    Walter JohnsonWelcome to the Project on Justice, Welfare, and Economics. In keeping with the vision of Amartya Sen, the project’s founding director, JWE provides a forum for scholars who seek to think creatively and critically about the relationship of economy to ideas about justice.

    Study Design

    The CCES is a 50,000+ person national stratified sample survey administered by YouGov Polimetrix. Half of the questionnaire consists of Common Content asked of all 30,000+ people, and half of the questionnaire consists of Team Content designed by each individual participating team and asked of a subset of 1,000 people.

    Common Content

    Common Content consists of approximately 60 questions, with about 40 in the pre-election wave and about 20 in the post-election wave. These questions are included on all administered surveys and amount to a 30,000+ person national sample survey. Common Content is asked at the beginning of each survey.

    In addition to these questions, YouGov Polimetrix provides demographic indicators, party identification, ideology, and for most states, validated vote. 

    Click below to see the current and past years' Common Content questionnaires:

    Group Content

    Group Content arises from pooling of resources of several teams. These teams may wish to devote, say, 8 questions to a particular topic, such as religion and politics or tax policy. If 10 teams can agree on 8 Group Content questions, then their questions will be asked on each of their individual Team surveys. Since the individual Team Content is the same for these 8 questions, they have effectively conducted a survey of 10,000 people (10 teams times 1,000 respondents each).

    Sample Design

    The survey sample is constructed by YouGov Polimetrix, using a matched random sample technique. The firm begins with two lists, one of all consumers in the United States, covering approximately 95 percent of the adult population, and a list of people who have agreed to take surveys for YouGov Polimetrix as a part of their PollingPoint panel. All YouGov Polimetrix surveys are conducted on-line using this opt-in panel of respondents. For each list, YouGov Polimetrix has an extensive set of demographics.

    Another JWE Fellowship

    This is another type of JWE Fellowship

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    Conference Title
    July 31-August 2, 2010

    The conference will be held at the following location:

    The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
    Knafel Building, Room 262 (The Bowie-Vernon Room)
    1737 Cambridge St.
    Cambridge, MA 02138


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    Course Guide for Harvard Students

    The Course Guide for Harvard Students interested in Survey Research (below) has been compiled by the Program on Survey Research as a reference for students interested in the field of survey research. Various schools and departments at Harvard offer courses related to survey research. To the best of our knowledge, this course list is complete and accurate, but students are advised to check course catalogs for the most up-to-date information on specific courses.

    JWE Fellowships

    Since its inception in June 2001, the Project on Justice, Welfare, and Economics has awarded fellowships and research grants to scholars in a wide variety of fields, including economics, government, sociology, philosophy, law, health policy, anthropology and history. JWE currently  offers the following fellowship for Harvard graduate students:

    Dissertation Fellowships for Harvard Graduate Students

    The JWE Program is not accepting applications for 2012-2013.

    The Program

    The Project on Justice, Welfare and Economics at Harvard University will provide grants during the 2011–2012 academic year to support Harvard graduate students whose research topics are relevant to questions of justice and human welfare. This interdisciplinary initiative, that connects faculty and student research across the University, intends to promote research, learning and knowledge connecting the study of freedom, justice, and economics to human welfare and development.

    Prize Fellowships for Economics, History, and Politics

    The Project on Justice, Welfare and Economics is delighted to participate in offering the Prize Fellowships in Economics, History and Politics, along with the Center for History and Economics; the History and Philosophy of Political Economy Group; and the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT.  This postdoctoral fellowships are intended to encourage outstanding scholarship in any field of economics, history, politics and related subjects, with a special emphasis on scholarship which crosses the frontiers between disciplines, and which addresses questions of lasting importance.