Articles by Jacob Patterson-Stein

Jacob Patterson-Stein

Jacob Patterson-Stein is a second year Master of International Development Policy student. Prior to attending McCourt, Jacob worked for Thomson Reuters in Washington D.C., the More than Me Foundation in Liberia, and in a rural public school in South Korea. He spent summer 2013 working for the Support for Economic Analysis Development in Indonesia (SEADI) project in Jakarta.


Podcast: Elizabeth Warren, Drones, and 2016

In the newest episode of the Georgetown Public Policy Review podcast, Review staff Kristin Blagg, Nora Gregory, and Jacob Patterson-Stein discuss Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s recent speech on reforming the US military to better account for civilian casualties. Senator Warren gave her speech on Georgetown’s campus as part of the McCourt School of Public Policy’s annual Whittington Lecture….

The Historical Burden of Malaria: New Evidence, New Questions

By Jacob Patterson-Stein Why are some countries rich and other countries poor? From Plato to Adam Smith to the Simpsons, the best and brightest have wrestled with this question. In a new working paper, “Malaria and Early African Development: Evidence from the Sickle Cell Trait,” presented at the Georgetown Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation (gui2de) seminar…

Introducing the Georgetown Public Policy Review Podcast

By Jacob Patterson-Stein I am proud to introduce the first episode of the Georgetown Public Policy Review Podcast. The drive behind producing a podcast was to find a medium that would allow Review staff to comment on their work, provide updates on recently published articles, and expand the way we approach policy analysis. This podcast will be a…

Grading the 2014 State of the Union Address

By Jacob Patterson-Stein Amidst the bombast and rapid-fire punditry that accompanies the President’s annual State of the Union address, it is worth remembering that much of the platform he lays out each year is the result of meticulous policy research conducted by civil servants, think tankers, and academics. In some cases, the President’s call to…

Domestic Policy in 2014

The year 2013 certainly provided no shortage of fodder for policy wonks. We faced off over the debt limit and government shutdown, scraped together a budget deal, alternatively debated and ignored immigration reform, witnessed the shaky rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges, confronted the realities of our government’s surveillance in the name of…

Mexico’s Changing Demographics in an Era of Reform

By Jacob Patterson-Stein Things seem to be going well for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Within months of taking office, almost every major news organization published an “Aztec tiger” article citing Mexico’s impressive economic growth rate, increased foreign investment, and growing middle class. Even with the inevitable backlash to this “blue skies” reporting in the…

The Numbers Behind Press Freedom and Economic Growth in Turkey

By Jacob Patterson-Stein Last week, as the sun was rising over Turkey, police across the country raided homes and offices of those suspected to be linked with anti-government protests. Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan’s handling of protests broached a new level of force as the daybreak round-up targeted those in media organizations. Left-leaning news outlets Atılım…

Cold as Ice: Why It Matters That the Canadian Government is Backing Out of UN Climate Change Efforts

by Jacob Patterson-Stein At the end of March, while answering questions in the House of Commons, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper calmly explained why he was stopping payments to an organization that, in his words, “spends less than 20 percent of the funds that we send […] on programming.” At a time when governments everywhere…