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JOURNAL OF PUBLIC POLICY


Insights on Health Policy and Management

  • May 13, 2013

    The increasing importance of the pharmaceutical industry in global health and development Posted by Debbie Koh Take a moment to think about the last time you bought some medication. Maybe you went to your local Duane Reade/CVS/RiteAid to pick up...

  • April 9, 2013

    Cash payments as a baseline measure for program performance Posted by Debbie Koh What if every nonprofit that focused on poverty alleviation had to prove they could do more for the poor with a dollar than the poor could do for themselves? – from...

  • March 6, 2013

    Will Pay for Performance Strategies Improve Impact? Is Further Innovation Needed? Posted by Debbie Koh A few years ago, someone who wanted to give money to a nonprofit would likely head to Charity Navigator’s website, check that the organization’...

  • February 28, 2013

    Posted by Joel Wittman Egads!  Is it truly possible?  Has the increase in health care costs been at its lowest in almost four decades?  And this in spite of the Baby Boomer generation fast approaching retirement age?  What could account for such...

  • February 4, 2013

    Posted by: Joel Wittman  The debate continues: can a social service such as health care operate in a profit-generating mode?  Undoubtedly, there are fierce opinions on both the pro and con aspects of this question.  Those who support the notion...

Financial Access Initiative

  • March 20, 2015

    1. Savings Groups: In an evaluation of savings group outreach programs in Kenya, NGO-led groups had better attendance rates, saved more, had larger payouts, and lower rates of reported loss than groups formed spontaneously. ...

  • March 20, 2015

    This week, The Wall Street Journal featured a pair of articles on current issues in microfinance. The first highlights the varied strategies governments across Asia are employing to promote financial inclusion, including mobile...

  • March 19, 2015

    Given the mixed results of recent randomized evaluations of microfinance, an open question is whether there are broad limits to the benefits of microloans or whether programs can be...

  • March 16, 2015

    Bill and Melinda Gates’ 2015 annual letter bets that over the next 15 years mobile banking will have a...

  • March 13, 2015

    1.  Peer Lending: A new study reports lenders in online peer-to-peer lending models were able to predict a borrower's credit worthiness with 45% more accuracy than traditional credit scoring....


The Governance Lab

  • March 26, 2015

    “The World Justice Project (WJP) Open Government Index™ provides scores and rankings on four dimensions of government openness: publicized laws and government data, right to information, civic participation, and complaint mechanisms (full...

  • March 26, 2015

    Stefaan Verhulst, Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer at the Governance Lab, will participate in a panel today at New America NYC. The discussion will focus on the future of the Internet in an increasingly connected, globalized...

  • March 26, 2015

    Small data are the digital traces that individuals generate as a byproduct of daily activities, such as sending e-mail or exercising with fitness trackers. [source: Workshop on Small Data Experimentation, call for papers] In this post, we...

  • March 25, 2015

    Aida Akl at VOATechTonics: “A mobile solution from the Mekong Club, a non-profit group dedicated to fighting slavery, helps identify potential trafficking victims among populations where the person’s country of origin and language is unknown, and...

  • March 24, 2015

    Parmy Olson at Forbes: “In Rio de Janeiro most eyes are on the final, nail-biting matches of the World Cup. Over in the command center of the city’s department of transport though, they’re on a different set of screens altogether. Planners there...

Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management

  • March 25, 2015

    A bold new Citizens Budget Commission report calls for vehicle-based fees to finance transit, among other thoughtful recommendations. In sum: This report examines the MTA’s current fiscal challenges and identifies options for funding its capital...

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  • February 9, 2015

    Reflections from the excellent reporters at WNYC Radio on covering the 265 New Yorkers killed in traffic last year. Their work reminds us that traffic safety isn’t a concern for some New Yorkers, it is a concern for all New Yorkers. Throughout...

  • February 2, 2015

    Sarah Kaufman, Digital Manager, wants New Yorkers to prepare for change. “In the coming decades, a familiar overhead sight—this one fully a product of the automobile age—may disappear. The disappearance of the familiar green, yellow, and red...

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