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Reflecting on Policy Perspectives Launch

In the pause of summer, we at Policy Perspectives reflect on all of the great work that the 2016-17 staff accomplished last year! Volume 24 of Policy Perspectives was released at a launch event on Friday, May 5 in the Marvin Center. Students, staff, and friends heard a Q&A with the authors, presentations on each […]

Volume 24 is Live!

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our contributors and editorial staff, Volume 24 of Policy Perspectives is now available online and in print. Volume 24 continues the Trachtenberg School’s tradition of academic excellence by offering seven articles, a book review, and a selection of our best blog posts from the 2016-2017 academic year. […]

Can You Put a Price on American Beauty?

By Charles Landau, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  Teddy Roosevelt wrote in 1912, “the establishment of the National Park Service is justified by considerations of good administration, of the value of natural beauty as a National asset, and of the effectiveness of outdoor life and recreation in the production of good citizenship.” In the context […]

Opinion: Paying College Athletes Isn’t as Easy as Writing a Check

Chelsea Lenhart*, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Tickets are already on sale for the 2016 March Madness tournament, with prices ranging from $15 for a single game to more than $200 for the Final Four showdown. In 2014, the NCAA earned nearly $900 million in revenue from March Madness alone. Fans often bet high […]

Sequestration: An Extreme Consequence of Congress’ Ineffectuality

Annette Beck, MPA Introduction Sequesters are designed to reduce spending, however they often fail in this regard and instead create real harms: endangering public safety, forcing federal agencies to furlough their employees, and creating a climate where politicians can game the budget system Congress should either amend sequestration’s terms, or repeal it and replace it […]

Do Democrats Also Engage in Voter Suppression?

Jerry Wei, MPP Tuesday, November 3, 2015 was Election Day in America.  What was at stake? These were local and state elections, including a high profile fight over discrimination. State, and in particular local elections are notorious for low-turnout, mostly because these elections are scheduled “off-cycle,” – that is, held in years when national-level elections […]

Saving the World’s Poor: A Nobel Prize Winner on Development

Jerry Wei, MPP On October 12th, Angus Deaton, a Princeton economist, won the Nobel Prize in economics for his “analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare.” The economist Tyler Cowen summarizes his research and ideas in a fantastic post here. While he advanced the economics discipline by developing the poverty measurement tools we continue to use […]