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  • Image previewDecember 17Tax Breaks; Inflation; FOMC Announcement

    Senate Approves Set of Over 50 Tax Breaks; CPI Fell in November; FOMC Announces No Change in Current Monetary Policy Measures

  • Image previewDecember 11A Repatriation Tax Holiday for US Multinationals? Four Contagious Illusions

    Penn Law Professor Chris Sanchirico writes on four myths surrounding one proposed solution to the U.S. corporate tax and inversions problem for TaxVox – the Tax and Policy Blog for the Tax Policy Center. 

  • Meet a Student

    David Kolansky

    The opportunity to work with PPI faculty offered me unique insights into the wide range of public policy disciplines that are shaping today’s political debates on Capitol Hill. 

    A strong interest in government affairs and a deep passion for public policy issues led David Kolansky to study abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland this fall and to pursue an internship in the Scottish Parliament.  As a junior in the College majoring in Political Science, what better way to understand our own federal system of government than to directly experience a contrasting parliamentary governmental system.  David has been in Scotland at a historic time, witnessing a national independence referendum that brought the country closer than ever before to independence from Great Britain.  As a Penn student, this has been a unique opportunity to engage in a historic debate and to witness what is now widely recognized as the most empowering democratic process the United Kingdom has ever seen.

    Outside of his political science and economics courses, David has expanded his knowledge in government affairs and public policy in several ways.  While serving as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives in the office of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), he gained valuable insight into the world of policymaking and foreign affairs.  As a research intern for the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative this past summer, David capitalized on his experience gained on Capitol Hill while working with Wharton faculty experts to evaluate nonpartisan economic policy research.  David added that, “The opportunity to work with PPI faculty offered me unique insights into the wide range of public policy disciplines that are shaping today’s political debates on Capitol Hill. It also presented me with a tangible opportunity to contribute to the academic policy discussions taking place in Washington.”

    Now spending much of his time this semester interning in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, David has not lost sight of his desire to contribute to informing public policy, particularly related to public health. Working together with Michael Matheson, Scotland’s Minister for Public Health, David is exploring the “adverse impacts of decentralizing Scotland’s National Health Service,” a public health system which is increasingly at risk due to budget cuts in Westminster and the privatization of public services.  David looks forward to publishing his findings in the coming year in anticipation of the 2015 United Kingdom general election, which promises to see more Scottish National Party (SNP) members elected to the UK Parliament than ever before in the history of the UK.

    David continues to navigate the intersection of the private sector and public policy as he explores various other policy interests, among them finance, health care management and energy.  Most recently, he published a policy article for Penn Wharton PPI’s blog entitled, “From Crude to Shale: What’s Next for the American Oil Industry,” which focuses on the increasing domestic production and export of American crude oil.  David discusses how this shift moves the U.S. “one step closer to energy independence” and may signify “a new era in U.S. energy relations with the rest of the world.”  David will return to Penn in the spring and looks forward to applying what he has learned in Scotland to further augment his public policy interests both in the classroom and in the political sphere.

  • Image previewDecember 7Can the U.S. Energy Sector Be Mostly Green in 10 Years?

    Former FCC Chairman and PPI Technology Fellow Reed Hundt is interviewed by Knowledge@Wharton. Mr. Hundt discusses how the US can go “cold turkey” off carbon addiction and how this may happen.

  • Image previewDecember 3Wharton’s Erwann Michel-Kerjan receives the prestigious Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize

    Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan, PPI Faculty Affiliate and ED of the Wharton Risk Center, was awarded the 2014 Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize in London last week. The award recognizes his work on Evaluating Flood Resilience Strategies for Coastal Megacities (published earlier this year in Science), jointly undertaken with Jeroen Aerts, Wouter Botzen, Hans de Moel (VU University, Amsterdam),  Kerry Emanuel (MIT) and Ning Lin (Princeton University).


    In the work, Dr. Michel-Kerjan and his colleagues performed a full cost-benefit analysis of resilience strategies to protect large costal megacities against storm surge, today and in the future, and applied their new methodology to New York City.  The jury recognized a innovative multidisciplinary approach and its applicability to building resilience and measuring return on investment that could be deployed around the world.

  • Image previewDecember 1Obama’s Internet Neutrality Stance: Net Positive or Negative?

    Former FCC Chairman and PPI Technology Fellow Reed Hundt is interviewed by Knowledge @ Wharton to discuss the impact and relevance of President Obama’s recent decision to come out in support of net neutrality. Mr. Hundt discusses why this is indeed the right call.


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