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.

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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Kenya’s Vision 2030: A visionary plan plagued with systemic failures

Kenya’s Vision 2030: A visionary plan plagued with systemic failures

From time to time, THJ is blessed by Heinz students and alum that wish to offer a series of columns for our Voices column. This fall, the opportunity was presented to us by Heinz-Tepper dual degree alum Nathan Jayappa. He has been spending the last 5 months throughout Kenya with an organization called...

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Why Immigration Reform Makes Sense

Why Immigration Reform Makes Sense

BY EMILY SALE I would never have expected John McCain to say it so eloquently: “The status quo is totally unacceptable…Nobody’s going to round up the 11 million undocumented people and deport them. And those who think we are obviously don’t understand the logistics”. If this is the case, as...

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Reforming the Senate in the Age of Gridlock

Reforming the Senate in the Age of Gridlock

By Brad Van Arnum For the last several years, there has been no shortage of indicators underscoring the disillusionment surrounding the United States Congress. Most telling, however, is the public approval rating of Congress, which by one measure stood at 15% in the middle of April. Much of this disapproval...

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