Providing Free Health Care to Egypt’s Poor: The Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation

In 2008, after decades of international recognition, world-renowned Egyptian-British heart surgeon Sir Magdi Yacoub decided to redirect his efforts to his country of birth. With a frail economy and coronary heart disease being the leading cause of death in Egypt, Yacoub saw a dire need to raise the health care standards and bring essential treatment to those most in need.

OP-ED: We Need to Clean Up Our Trash

Annually, only about a quarter of American electronic waste is recycled responsibly, or in other words, not exported or landfilled. The remaining waste—much of it toxic—often ends up overseas where it is processed by children and other workers in unsafe conditions, causing health and environmental problems. Instead, we should be recycling this electronic waste in the US, where we have the proper technology and regulations to do so without causing harm to people or the environment.

Beyond Urban Planning: The Economics of Capital Bikeshare

Bicycling is exploding across the United States, and Washington, DC is no exception: the share of bicycle commuters in the District has grown by 315 percent since 1990 and overall ridership rose 80 percent between 2007 and 2010. This growth is tied to the metro area’s commitment to expanding trails and bike lanes and, in large part, to the rapid expansion of Capital Bikeshare.

Forget Wealth Redistribution! How About Wealth Building Through the Saver’s Tax Credit?

Tax policy is often viewed as the primary method to encourage efficient financial behaviors among the population at large. Top economists may debate the extent to which taxation should be utilized to support positive economic objectives and reduce harmful ones, but it is generally agreed that tax policy should create some incentives for people to build wealth. In practice, however, current policy concentrates on helping middle and upper-income taxpayers, but real opportunities for low-income taxpayers are limited.