Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Penn Wharton PPI publishes Issue Briefs once a month, tackling concerns that are varied but share one common thread: They are central to the economic health of the nation and the American people.  These are nonpartisan, knowledge-driven documents written by Wharton and Penn faculty in their specific areas of expertise.

The aim of the briefs is not to advocate a set party line or ideological agenda. Rather, they offer clear, concise, yet rigorous analysis of the trade-offs involved in pursuing different possible policy options for a particular problem. Beyond being a resource for policy makers charged with addressing and solving these problems, the Initiative’s briefs are accessible to students, educators, researchers, members of the media — anyone, inside or outside Penn, seeking a better handle on the issues.


Why the Finance Model for Public Higher Education is Broken and Must be Fixed, Professor Joni E. Finney, June 2014, Volume 2, Number 6

Who Benefits from Medicare Advantage?, Professor Amanda Starc, May 2014, Volume 2, Number 5

Perverse Nudges: Minimum Payments and Debt Paydown in Consumer Credit Cards, Professor Jialan Wang and Benjamin J. Keys, April 2014, Volume 2, Number 4

The Rental Affordability Crisis, Professor Todd Sinai, March 2014, Volume 2, Number 3

Updating Internet Policy for the 21st Century, Professor Christopher S. Yoo, February 2014, Volume 2, Number 2

The Education of Detroit’s Pension and Bond Creditors, Professor David Arthur Skeel, January 2014, Volume 2, Number 1


The Military-Environmental Complex, Professor Sarah Light, December 2013, Volume 1, Number 12

Optimizing Outcomes on the Health Insurance Exchanges, Professors Tom Baker, Jonathan Kolstad, Amanda Starc, and Kevin G.M. Volpp, November 2013, Volume 1, Number 11

Tax Policy and the Dividend Clientele Effect, Professor Laura Kawano, November 2013, Volume 1, Number 10

Implementing the National Flood Insurance Reform Act in a New Era of Catastrophes, Professors Howard Kunreuther and Erwann Michel-Kerjan, October 2013, Volume 1, Number 9

The Urgency of Reforming Entitlement Programs: The Case of Social Security Disability Insurance, Professor Mark Duggan, August 2013, Volume 1, Number 8

Should We Broaden the Fuel Tax Base?, Professor Justin Marion, July 2013, Volume 1, Number 7

Disclosure of Banks’ Stress-Test Results, Professor Itay Goldstein, June 2013, Volume 1, Number 6

Why Fracking Won’t Bring Back the Factories (Yet), Professor Ann Harrison, Chad P. Bown, and Michele de Nevers, May 2013, Volume 1, Number 5

Regulating “Too Big to Fail”, Professor Kent Smetters and Christopher Pericak, May 2013, Volume 1, Number 4

Regulation and Unemployment, Professor Cary Coglianese, March 2013, Volume 1, Number 3

Do Capital Income Taxes Hinder Growth?, Professor Chris William Sanchirico, February 2013, Volume 1, Number 2

Taxation of Business Income, Professor Jennifer Blouin, January 2013, Volume 1, Number 1

Upcoming Issue Briefs

The pipeline of Penn Wharton PPI research includes projects from faculty across Wharton and Penn (subject to change).

JulyHoward KunreutherErwann Michel-Kerjan on Terrorism Risk Insurance Act

AugustEthan Mollick on Crowdfunding Regulation

SeptemberJonathan Kolstad on Health Care Policy

OctoberScott E. Harrington on Insurance Regulation