John Kenneth Galbraith

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. KEEP READING >>

An Analysis of Ted Cruz’s Balanced Budget Amendment

The Columbia Economics Review is proud to present the following article by John Staunton, a student at Bronx High School of Science and the winner of our Fall 2015 High School Student Essay Contest. Among a number of impressive entries, John's analysis of Senator Ted Cruz's economic proposals was selected after extensive deliberation by our executive board. As 2016 has begun, so has the Republican nomination process taken off. Of the many candidates running for office, Senator Ted Cruz has a considerable chance of winning the Republican nomination. One position he is “an emphatic advocate” for is the Balanced Budget Amendment. On face, the economic benefits seemingly include an efficiently run government; however, another look reveals that a Balanced Budget Amendment would disable the government from continuing public investments and destroy a stable point of investment for banks, both of which have catastrophic effects on the economy. Understanding the effects of the KEEP READING >>

2015 EPC: Winners

Winners 1st Place Team Members: Zoraya Hightower, Jacob Bukoski and Kate Heller (Yale University) and Robert Goldfin (George Washington University) 2nd Place Team Members: Khristopher Nicholas and David Neher (Columbia University) 3rd Place Team Members: Charlie Jiang, Minjia Zhong, Robert Young and Shane Johnson (Stanford University) Honorable Mentions: Team Members: Will Cassidy and Max Miller (University of Pennsylvania) Team Members:  Brandon Blaesser, Joel Sam Li and Patrick Reed (Yale University) KEEP READING >>

2015 EPC: Judges

Judges Scott Barrett Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of International and Public Affairs Scott Barrett is a leading scholar on transnational and global challenges, ranging from climate change to disease eradication. His research focuses on how institutions like norms, customary law, resolutions, and treaties can be used to promote international cooperation. He has advised a number of international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the OECD, the European Commission, and the International Task Force on Global Public Goods. He was previously a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a member of the Academic Panel to the Department of Environment in the UK. Barrett previously taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where he also directed the International Policy program. Before that, he was on the faculty of the London KEEP READING >>

2015 EPC: Content Guide

Below is a list of resources that can be used to help guide your research. While this list is far from comprehensive, it provides a useful starting point when used in conjunction with the abundance of information available at http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/ and additional outside research. Agriculture Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) IFAD, Adaption for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (“ASAP”) Nigeria Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), National Agricultural Resilience Framework UNEP, Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Kellogg’s 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Cities C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability United Cities and KEEP READING >>

2015 Environmental Policy Competition

The Columbia Economics Review invites teams of 1-4 members to participate in its third annual Competitive Climate environmental policy competition. Teams that advance to the final round of the competition will be informed of their advancement in mid-Janaury, at which point the final round of judging will begin to determine the winners. Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $125 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 2015 edition of the Columbia Economics Review and on the Columbia Economics Department website. Prompt: On 23 September 2014, global leaders in government, business, finance and civil society met in New York for the U.N. Climate Summit. At this meeting, they announced commitments to action in areas that are critical for decelerating global temperature KEEP READING >>

2014 EPC: Winners

  On January 15th, 2014, CER announced the winners of its Second Annual National Environmental Policy Competition. The winning team including Andy Zhang, Raymond de Oliveira, and Francesca Audia hails from Columbia University. The winners will take home a grand prize of $500, generously funded by PER. All 7 finalists presentations including the winners can be accessed on the CER Youtube Channel. KEEP READING >>