Category Economic Policy

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2017

Shiva Sharma, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Consisting of 21 countries, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) encourages free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 21 member countries include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam. […]

Getting Washington Metro’s Budget On Track

Kelly Straub, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The last two years of SafeTrack maintenance plus decades of fiscal mismanagement have placed a huge strain on the bottom line at the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Due to overlapping jurisdictions between D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, WMATA funding is a budgetary hot potato, as each local […]

Deck the Landfills: The High Price of Fast Fashion

Elizabeth Sherwood, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives There is an expectation that clothing should be priced low and be available in large quantities. Consumers enjoy the feeling of purchasing large stacks of clothing with minimal damage to their bank accounts, but these habits have unseen consequences. The Fast Fashion Cycle Fashion trends change quickly, and […]

The Argentine Financial Crisis: Causes and Lessons Learned

Jason Marshall, MPP Summary of the Crisis The 2001-2002 Argentine Financial Crisis was the culmination of an overreaction to a history of hyperinflation, an unwillingness to address needed structural reforms, and a macro-economic strategy that left Argentina totally exposed to external shocks and swings in global capital flows. While just a decade earlier Argentina was […]

Staying Above Water: Crafting a More Sustainable National Flood Insurance Program

Jessica Blackband, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Reporting on Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath has died down, but the 82,000 people who filed flood insurance claims after the disaster are still awaiting relief. These homeowners, developers and property managers are covered under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a FEMA program that subsidizes insurance premiums for these […]

Statehood as a Solution for Puerto Rico’s Economy

Kelly Straub, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation, Puerto Rico’s economic and political future looks increasingly uncertain. The past decade has been especially difficult for the island territory. Puerto Rico’s recession began in 2006 when corporate tax breaks that benefitted the Puerto Rican manufacturing sector ended. The Great Recession […]

Can Dodd-Frank Prevent the Next Financial Crisis?

Zhao Zhai, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) into law. Dodd-Frank, which was named after its two sponsors, Senator Chris Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, was crafted in response to the crisis and framed […]