Category Economic Policy

Not-So-Affordable Housing: Addressing Impacts on Low-Income Renters

Maya Pendleton, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives A growing body of research suggests that increasing housing costs uniquely impact renters, particularly low-income renters. Researchers have linked eviction to a lack of affordable housing; over one million renters are evicted each year. For comparison, over one million homes were foreclosed during the peak of America’s financial […]

The Promise of Free Community College and What States Deliver

Caitlyn Valadez, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  Mamie Voight of the Institute for Higher Education Policy once noted that ”free is a message that works.” The phrase “free community college” is often used to describe and promote scholarship programs that cover tuition costs for community college students.  This policy approach to making college more […]

What the Caspian Sea’s New Legal Status Could Mean for Global Security

Ethan Steakley, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  The Caspian Sea is the world’s largest landlocked body of water and its fourth largest oil and natural gas reserve. In August 2018, after more than two decades of legal dispute, the five nations with Caspian coastline signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian […]

Volume 25 Now Online

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our contributors and editorial staff, Volume 25 of Policy Perspectives is now available online and in print. Volume 25 continues the Trachtenberg School’s tradition of academic excellence by offering six articles written by students, four exclusive alumni interviews, and a selection of our best blog posts from […]

GW WonkCast S3E14-1: Below the Fold: The Right to Repair and a Net Neutrality Update

In this Below the Fold, co-Host Gabe Moss dives into the right to repair. How do companies like Microsoft, John Deere, and Apple prevent customers from repairing products they buy? Next, co-Host Eli Richman takes a look at net neutrality four months after the policy change. How have internet service providers changed their practices and […]

GW WonkCast S3E13-2: Protecting Personal Information

How can data breaches be prevented? Learn about cybersecurity policy with this week’s #wonkywednesday guest, GW Masters student Jacob Biesieda. Jacob runs DCrypted, a cybersecurity podcast for the everyday American which seeks to educate the general public about cyber issues that face us today. He is also part of the GW branch of the CyberCorps program. […]

GW WonkCast S3E13-1: Below the Fold: Medicare Legislation and Proposed Changes to Immigration Policy

In this Below the Fold, first learn about “Choose Medicare” legislation by Senators Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Jeff Merkley of Oregon that would allow individuals and businesses to purchase Medicare plans. Next, learn about a proposal from the Department of Homeland Security to add a public charge to immigration applicants, meaning a charge in the […]