As part of a new initiative between the Harvard Economics Review and the Columbia Economics Review, we will regularly showcase a selection of the Harvard Economics Review’s online articles on our website. We hope you enjoy “A Comparative Analysis of Climate Change Performance” by Mirza Uddin as much as we did! The impact of anthropogenic activity, both at the industrial and private level, continues to exacerbate the issues surrounding climate change in today’s society. The possibility of future progress grows breaker due to limited action by nations to thwart the detrimental effects of climate change. In fact, even after numerous studies have proven the existence of climate change, such as those by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)[i], a number of national leaders continue to deny that human activity is the cause of these pressing issues. Scholars of political science have offered a number of different insights into distinct factors that may be impacting climate change performance within individual nations. One particular area of interest is the discussion regarding whether democracies or authoritarian regimes are able to create effective climate change policies. An extensive analysis of political science research reveals that democratic nations tend to have superior performance in the realm of climate change policy relative to autocracies and that a certain degree of public participation must be adopted by authoritarian regimes in order to create
“It will be repealed and replaced and we’ll know […] that’s what I do, I do a good job”, so were the words President-Elect Trump spoke during a 60 Minutes interview on November 13th. Elected on a platform which promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act (henceforth “ACA”), Donald Trump benefited from a wave of right-wing populism aimed primarily at the bureaucracy of the Washington Elite. To that end, Obamacare came to embody all which Trump vowed to fight in his mission to “Drain the Swamp”: a government program which sought to benefit public welfare through compulsory payments but which failed to live up to its initial promises of widespread prosperity. Even worse for its proponents, Obamacare premiums rose in nearly every state in past October, continuing a sad trend seen throughout the 44th President’s two terms which has seen coverage costs rise by nearly 50% since 2008. Though hundreds of analyses have already been undertaken as to why Obamacare has fallen short on its
The Columbia Economics Review is proud to present the following article by Mohammed Rishad Karim, a student at Stuyvesant High School and the winner of our Fall 2016 High School Student Essay Contest. Among a number of impressive entries, Mohammed's analysis of John Kenneth Galbraith’s achievements was selected after extensive deliberation by our High School Essay Competition board.
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The Columbia Economics Review invites teams of 1 - 4 undergraduates to participate in its fourth annual Competitive Climate environmental policy competition. Cash prizes of $600, $300 and $150 will be awarded to the 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd- place finishers respectively, thanks to the generous support of the Columbia Economics Department. The winning presentations will also be recognized by the The Earth Institute and will be featured in the Spring 2017 edition of the Columbia Economics Review and on the Columbia Economics Department website. Prompt On 16 October 2015, the U.S. Department of