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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...

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  • October 23, 2014

    In this Policy Shop podcast, James talks books with Alvin Irby who is building libraries in barbershops across New York City. Why put books in barbershops?

  • October 21, 2014

    Ashley Putnam   What percentage of your income do you spend each week on alcohol? Like many young professionals living in New York City, my average visit to the local watering hole puts a fairly sizeable dent in my pocket. One night at the bar,...

  • October 14, 2014

    Check out Wagner’s own Wemimo S. Abbey’s recently published report on Clean Water for Everyone‘s work in Ghana. The project highlighted in the report was a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action that ensured safe water and proper...

  • October 9, 2014

    Rosanna Volchok   The December 2013 release of OECD’s 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) findings generated massive media buzz. A blow to the American ego, the results placed American teens 21st in science and 26th in math...

  • September 24, 2014

    This week’s Policy Shop talks to new Wagner students about the trials of the MTA, Dan Smith’s lobbying efforts, bonding at retreat, and the steep grad school time management learning curve. In a discussion of different backgrounds and policy...