ACA Protest

Health Insurance Coverage Gaps: A Result of State-Level Decisions

One of the primary goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to expand the availability of health insurance coverage and decrease the number of uninsured individuals. But a number of people will still remain uninsured, falling into the “coverage gaps” created by the Supreme Court decision that made the expansion of state Medicaid programs optional.

The Battle Flag of Al-Shabaab

Making Sense of Youth Political Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa

In recent months, we’ve seen widespread violence in the CAR and South Sudan, and attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria and by Al-Shabaab in Kenya. Youth are often perpetrators of these acts of political violence, but there is mixed evidence on what leads them to participate.

Magdi Yacoub

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.


Interview: The Perception, Reality, and Politics of Tourism in Egypt

Since the 2011 uprisings that brought down long-time strong man Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian economy has experienced a series of dramatic ups and downs. This has been felt most acutely in the tourism sector, long an engine for growth and stability in the country. With over 25 years in the tourism industry, Amr Badr would know.


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.


Interview with Congressman John Sarbanes

Congressman John Sarbanes spoke with the Georgetown Public Policy Review to share his thoughts on McCutcheon v. FEC, how his legislation works, and the 2016 presidential elections.

Photo by Christos Tsoumplekas.

One Area Where the US Beats Scandinavia: Teacher Pay

Data on teacher pay across the OECD show that countries that generally score highest on international tests are not necessarily rewarding their educators with top salaries. One graph suggests that simply increasing teacher pay is not going to make schools in Houston as good as those in Helsinki.

Photo by Flickr user mariordo59

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.

Obama and Al-Maliki

Short-Term Gains for Long-Term Losses: The Iraqi Response and US Support to Instability in Iraq

Iraq has largely slipped from the American public’s radar. The ongoing civil war in Syria and negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program have taken precedence, followed by deliberations on the United States’ long-term presence in Afghanistan and ongoing instability in Egypt, Lebanon, and Yemen. Given this country’s recent history with Iraq, the Iraqi government is facing a very different political climate in Washington when it asks for weapons sales, military training, and other US support.