Heinz Voices

A mix of opinion, politics, and policy, Heinz Voices is where you can find columnists talking about the issues of the day as only a Heinz student can. Smart, thoughtful commentary, interesting policy ideas, and perhaps a soupçon of the quantitative chops that Heinz College loves.

Who is above the Whistleblower?

Who is above the Whistleblower?

By: Taylor Horn “…But over time that awareness of wrongdoing sort of builds up and you feel compelled to talk about. And the more you talk about the more you’re ignored…” On June 6th of this year, two men sat in a hotel room in Hong Kong, and Edward Snowden offered this explanation for...

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A Win-Win: The Prosperous Combination of Open Data and Impact Investing

A Win-Win: The Prosperous Combination of Open Data and Impact Investing

By: Nathan Jayappa From a multinational business opening an office offering products and services in developing economies, to a local microfinance institution (MFI) offering loans to entrepreneurs, private-sector-driven international development can occur in many forms. In all cases, however, collaboration...

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The Tragedy of the Illuminati: A Destructive Agreement on New Isolationism

The Tragedy of the Illuminati: A Destructive Agreement on New Isolationism

By: Taylor Horn After polling extensively during President Obama’s initiative to gain public support for military action against the Syrian regime, the Christian Science Monitor produced a startling fact: isolationism, measured by the percentage of Americans favoring international disengagement, is...

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How Randomized Control Trials Can Help Solve Africa’s Poverty Trap

How Randomized Control Trials Can Help Solve Africa’s Poverty Trap

By: Nathan Jayappa Understanding how individuals create wealth in developing markets is essential for innovating market-based solutions to reduce poverty. Most economists agree that income earned today greatly influences income earnings tomorrow. If one is able to invest today, his or her earnings should...

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The Arab Drought: Is Water the New Oil?

The Arab Drought: Is Water the New Oil?

By: Taylor Horn The two-year long conflict in Syria, with the recent agreements on chemical weapons, seems to have largely shifted out of the public’s eye and mind. We have taken President Bashar Al-Assad at his word, at least for the time being, that he will allow the disarmament of his regime by...

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The Westgate Mall Attack: Responding to al-Shabaab through a Unified Africa

The Westgate Mall Attack: Responding to al-Shabaab through a Unified Africa

The following is the second installment of  a continuing series for Heinz Voices by Tepper-Heinz alum Nathan Jayappa.   I am unable to go to work this week. The Kenyan army is currently using my workplace as a remote facility to strategically assess how to effectively end the siege and make sense...

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