Blogs from the NYU Wagner Community

The Governance Lab

  • July 27, 2014

    Mark Hall: “Chances are that when you think about the word government, it is with a negative connotation.Your less-than-stellar opinion of government may be caused by everything from Washington’s dirty politics to the long lines at your local DMV...

  • July 27, 2014

    Newsweek Magazine: “In the next few years, the term “big data” will come to seem naive, like when “information superhighway” gave way to “the Internet” in 1995. We’re entering an age of personal big data, and its impact on our lives will surpass...

  • July 27, 2014

    Federico Guerrini at Forbes: “Democracy needs a reboot, or as the founders of Democracy Os, an open source platform for political debate say, “a serious upgrade”. They are not alone in trying to change the way citizens and governments communicate...

  • July 27, 2014

    Interview between Rahim Kanani and Geoff Mulgan, CEO of NESTA and member of the MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance: “Our aspiration is to become a global center of expertise on all kinds of innovation, from how to back creative...

  • July 25, 2014

    Highlights from this week's Internet governance SCAN: The IANA Transition Stewardship Coordination Group held its first meeting in London on July 17 – 19. The group released its Draft Charter which describes its single deliverable as “a proposal...


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

  • July 25, 2014

    1. Microcredit: Easing liquidity constraints of smallholder farmers during the hungry season may help break the cycle of inadequate crop yields and low-wage off-labor farm work by helping to smooth...

  • July 24, 2014

    Recent work from CGAP and Continuum Innovation in Pakistan calls extreme illiteracy a “hidden hurdle” to financial inclusion. When people are unable...

  • July 22, 2014

    What does financial access look like? I like to think of it as a non-prescriptive goal in two parts. First, high-quality, affordable financial services are available. Second, people are aware of the services available to them....

  • July 18, 2014

    1. Psychology and Poverty: An increasing number of scholars are studying how poverty affects the way people feel, think, and act.  This may mean more widespread use of stress and happiness as metrics of...

  • July 17, 2014

    Just about everyone agrees that international remittances should be cheaper. If you run the numbers on international remittance flows, incomes of recipients and transaction costs, you can make a case that reducing remittance costs would be among...


Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management

  • July 21, 2014

    Announcing the NYU Rudin Center’s new fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Transportation. In this fellowship program, participants will learn from top transportation and management professionals to enhance leadership skills and policy work to...

  • July 21, 2014

    Join the NYU Rudin Center on a musical journey as we explore all the transportation songs known to Spotify. Whether you’re a fan of Gladys Knight, Arcade Fire or MIA, you’ll surely find a plane, train or automobile tune that works for you. The...

  • July 10, 2014

    Where can you use your cell phone underground? Here’s a map to show you which 37 subway stations are wired for access. According to MTA and Transit Wireless, the consortium responsible for building out the access, the 241 remaining underground ...

  • July 9, 2014

    Last night’s panel on Big Ideas for Transportation, co-hosted by the Rudin Center, Downtown Alliance and Control Group, featured fantastic talks against the scenic background of South Street Seaport. The speaker lineup: Introductions: Daria...

  • July 1, 2014

    Did you know people post Yelp reviews of subway stations? Here’s a map of NYC’s busiest subway stations, created by our summer intern Andrew Poeppel. Click on the stations (numbered by busiest) to see their Yelp rating, reviews and more. You can...


Student Organizations

  • May 28, 2014

    BY MELODY CHERNY Medicaid isn’t sexy. Financing Medicaid by Shanna Rose likely isn’t the first book you’d pick up at the bookstore, but if you’re a student of public policy (especially of health policy), it should be. Financing Medicaid is a...

  • April 30, 2014

    Come celebrate the launch of the 2013-204 Wagner Review Journal! We are having an informal reception with catered food and drinks to commemorate the launch of the journal and another successful year. The party will be followed by happy hour at a...

  • April 28, 2014

    BY JOSE R. NAVARRETE: Think about the last time you threw away a perfectly good piece of food. Did you toss it from your fridge solely based on a “better by” date that had passed? Do you pick your fruits and vegetables based only on how they look...

  • April 21, 2014

    BY BIANCA GIRAULT: Malnutrition in Ethiopia has dramatic negative effects on children’s life outcomes there. UNICEF reports national trends among children of stunting (44.4%), wasting (9.7%) and being underweight (28.7%). Nutritional indices...

  • April 16, 2014

     “A business corporation is organized and carried on primarily for the profit of the stockholders. The powers of the directors are to be employed for that end.” – Supreme Court Ruling, Dodge V. Ford Motor Company “We have no choice but to harness...