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Wonk Tank

Wonk Tank is a student blog written by members of the PPI Student Group. Articles cover topics on a range of issues at the intersection of business, economics, and public policy. Check back regularly for new articles.

Wonk Tank Articles

  • South China Sea April 15
    The tension between China, the United States, and other smaller countries around the South China Sea is one frequently covered by the news as the potential for conflict there holds a constant presence. Reports note that the most recent developments in the South China Sea involve increased military tensions as China, the United States, and various other countries such as Taiwan, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei vie for authority in the region.[1]
  • Image: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, ï»... March 28

    In June 2018, Pakistan’s current-account deficit swelled to $19 billion.[1] Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves are at a drastic four-year low, and the central bank has devalued the rupee by almost a third in the past year.[2] [3] Pakistan has a history of financial instability and a weak central government. As this article will demonstrate, many of these same domestic factors are at play in the current Pakistani financial crisis. This time, however, the extent of Pakistan’s problems is exacerbated by a significant debt to China. A project known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a central piece in China’s ambitious international development efforts, known collectively as the Belt and Road Initiative. As the US-China conflict intensifies, it is essential to understand the threat of Chinese dominance in Pakistan and what the US can do to combat it.

  • Image: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India’s flagship healthcare reform March 28

    This is Part 2 of a two article series on healthcare reform in India. Part 1 explored the unique factors that drive healthcare policies in India. This piece analyzes India’s flagship healthcare reform, Ayushman Bharat, which is also known as “Modicare.”

  • Image: India’s healthcare policies are driven by its demographic challenges March 27
    This is Part 1 of a two article series on healthcare reform in India. This article explores the unique factors that drive healthcare reform in India. Part 2 analyzes India’s flagship healthcare reform, Ayushman Bharat, which is also known as “Modicare.”
  • Image: Dollar bill, Source: Burst March 12
    Turkey has been plagued by political and economic instability for the past several years as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has strived to maximize his power and strengthen his country’s economy. Turkey’s economic growth in recent years has been fueled by the accumulation of corporate and financial foreign-currency debt, which are outstanding loans in Dollars and Euros that Turkey and Turkish companies now owe to outside investors.[1] These debts now account for 70 percent of its economy. The current account deficit in the country is at an all-time high, meaning that the amount of goods and services the country imports exceeds the amount it exports.[2] [3] Due to the strengthening of the dollar, Turkey is now experiencing difficulties in repaying its loans and is thus in danger of default. It is in the interests of the global community to prevent a Turkish default, which could spread to other countries.

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