Blogs from the NYU Wagner Community

The Governance Lab

  • December 22, 2014

    Irving Wladawsky-Berger in the Wall Street Journal: ““Innovation – identified by MIT economist and Nobel laureate Robert Solow as the driver of long-term, sustainable economic growth and prosperity – has been a hallmark of the Massachusetts...

  • December 22, 2014

    Geoff Mulgan on the creation of new parties in 2015 at NESTA: “….On its own the Internet is an imperfect tool for making decisions or shaping options. Opening decisions up to large numbers of people doesn’t automatically make decisions better (...

  • December 22, 2014

    Book edited by Avner Greif, Lynne Kiesling & John V. C. Nye: “This book brings together a group of leading economic historians to examine how institutions, innovation, and industrialization have determined the development of nations....

  • December 22, 2014

    Dr Lucy Kimbell at Open Policy Making Blog (UK Cabinet): “Set up in April 2014, Policy Lab brings new tools and techniques, new insights and practical experimentation to policy-making. This second demonstrator project has over the past two months...

  • December 22, 2014

    Climaps: “This website presents the results of the EU research project EMAPS, as well as its process: an experiment to use computation and visualization to harness the increasing availability of digital data and mobilize it for public debate. To...


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


Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management


Student Organizations

  • December 18, 2014

    #118594317 / gettyimages.com Stephanie Henning   The United States government has a long, nasty history when it comes to Native Americans’ land rights. From reservations to the Dawes Act to eminent domain, the Federal government has employed Mary...

  • December 18, 2014

    View image | gettyimages.com Priyanka Ganesh   West Africa is now home to the largest ever epidemic of Ebola virus disease. The first cases were reported in March 2014, and it has now become the disease’s largest and most complex outbreak, with...

  • December 17, 2014

    View image | gettyimages.com Jessica Nagro   As of November 25, 2014, there were 123,959 individuals in the U.S. waiting for a lifesaving organ, a staggering figure compared to the 9,512 organ transplants conducted so far this year. Clearly,...

  • December 16, 2014

    Sumit R. Kumar   Three legs support a stool. Cut one leg off, and the stool falls. The Republican Party has continuously attempted to cut off the “subsidy leg” from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). By dismantling part of a necessarily...

  • December 11, 2014

    Josh Schaier   The legal profession has an abysmal reputation: Knowingly overbilling clients (“churn that bill, baby!”), consistently demonstrating a flawed management structure, and turning a blind eye to insider trading. A more systemic issue,...