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Wharton Undergraduates in Public Policy

Wharton Undergraduates in Public Policy Student-run public policy research organization Wharton Undergraduates in Public Policy is a student association of the University of Pennsylvania focused on various public policy initiatives.

Our blog, Wonk Tank, posts nonpartisan analyses of a variety of current issues ranging from Economics, Science, Technology, Foreign Policy, the Environment, Social Science, and more. And this year we will be hosting a Case Competition and plenty of Speaker Events. Learn more at pennwupp.org.

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Bureau of Competition Director Ian Conner spoke to CNBC earlier this year regarding their lawsuit against Facebook for m...
04/19/2021
FTC Bureau of Competition Director Ian Conner on Big Tech's antitrust risks

Bureau of Competition Director Ian Conner spoke to CNBC earlier this year regarding their lawsuit against Facebook for monopolistic practices.

TODAY, April 19th, WUPP will host Conner on Zoom at 7 PM EST. Don't miss it!

https://www.cnbc.com/video/2021/01/25/ftc-bureau-of-competition-director-ian-conner-on-big-techs-antitrust-risks.html

FTC Bureau of Competition director Ian Conner joins "Squawk Alley" to discuss the outlook for antitrust litigation and regulation against Big Tech.

Passionate about public policy? Apply to WUPP this semester before 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, 2/10.Application Link: htt...
02/08/2021
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Passionate about public policy? Apply to WUPP this semester before 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, 2/10.

Application Link: http://cglink.me/2cz/s3389

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09/20/2020
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There's just 4 hours left to apply to WUPP! Our app can be accessed through the Wharton Centralized Application or this link (http://w.cglink.me/s3294).

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This week in PPISG, Rachel Zaff and Emily Glicklich discuss the Green New Deal's focus on growing High Speed Rail infras...
06/12/2019
The Green New Deal and Converting Air Travel to High Speed Rail Travel

This week in PPISG, Rachel Zaff and Emily Glicklich discuss the Green New Deal's focus on growing High Speed Rail infrastructure across the US.

In their Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC, released in October of 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that time is run...

This week Tara Mehta and Kushal Modi discuss Pakistan as "The New Battlefield Between the US and China."
04/15/2019
Pakistan: The New Battlefield Between the US and China

This week Tara Mehta and Kushal Modi discuss Pakistan as "The New Battlefield Between the US and China."

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 t...

This week Arnav Jagasia and Anika Jagasia discuss varying facets of healthcare reform in India.Part 1 (https://publicpol...
04/02/2019
Healthcare in India: The Challenge of Demography

This week Arnav Jagasia and Anika Jagasia discuss varying facets of healthcare reform in India.

Part 1 (https://publicpolicy.wharton.upenn.edu/live/news/2907-healthcare-in-india-the-challenge-of-demography/for-students/blog/news) discusses the unique factors that drive healthcare reform in India.

Part 2 (https://publicpolicy.wharton.upenn.edu/live/news/2909-modicare-indias-path-to-universal-healthcare/for-students/blog/news) analyzes India’s flagship healthcare reform, Ayushman Bharat, which is also known as “Modicare.”

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 ...

This week Sofiya Pavlova discusses Turkey's current economic situation and how it can be used to help prevent future fin...
03/17/2019
Preventing the Next 2008 Crisis: Turkey’s Economic Struggles

This week Sofiya Pavlova discusses Turkey's current economic situation and how it can be used to help prevent future financial crises.

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 ...

02/06/2018

Want to meet top professionals in DC and learn how regulation, policy, and decisions on the Hill are made? Learn this and more, all while getting 0.5 cu's of course credit! Applications for the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative's Industry Exploration Program in Washington, DC due 5 PM, February 12. The trip will run May 9-11 (after final exams). All freshmen, sophomores and juniors in any of Penn’s undergraduate schools are eligible to apply. Seniors are not eligible. https://publicpolicy.wharton.upenn.edu/for-students/academic-options/public-policy-sector/

01/18/2018

Penn Wharton PPI is looking to hire a CRM and Web Content Student Assistant!

Job Opportunity: Penn Wharton PPI is hiring a CRM and Web Content Student Assistant. Reporting to the Director of Web Communications, the Student Assistant will support the web communications and marketing efforts of Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative through the maintenance of a contact database. Responsibilities include researching current contact information, updating contact records, and resolving discrepancies between various sources of contact information. Depending on the student’s skills, interests, and availability, this position has the potential to develop into additional web and social media content support in the summer term.

Attention to detail; experience with on-line communication tools; data entry; basic excel skills; ability to problem solve; self-motivated. Student must have access to computer with excel software and reliable internet connection.

Please send a cover letter and resume by email to Lisa Marie Patzer, Director of Web Communications ([email protected]) detailing availability in both the spring and summer semesters.
Submissions received by 5 PM, Friday, January 19, will receive priority consideration.

Just over a year ago, Nile Nwogu and Barry Plunkett authored a policy primer on corporate inversions. Now that both hous...
12/03/2017
Corporate Inversions: A Policy Primer

Just over a year ago, Nile Nwogu and Barry Plunkett authored a policy primer on corporate inversions. Now that both houses of the U.S. Congress have just passed sweeping tax legislation, it is time to read up on your corporate tax policy. Is the U.S. economic landscape still competitive? What are corporate inversions and what should be done about them -- if anything? Find out here.

Throughout this election cycle, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have frequently lamented that corporations are “fleeing the United...

Today with PPISG, Kyle Whiting and Stephanie Wu present a comprehensive look at a recent push for the implementation of ...
12/03/2017
Safe Injection Facilities: Are They Effective?

Today with PPISG, Kyle Whiting and Stephanie Wu present a comprehensive look at a recent push for the implementation of Safe Injection Facilities (SIFs) in several cities throughout the United States, in an attempt to combat what President Trump has deemed a national emergency on the opioid crisis. Read on below to find out just how effective these new methods will be.

The United States is currently facing a massive opioid crisis. Over half a million people have died from overdose since 2000, and almost 800,000 people ar...

Today with PPISG, Michael Greenstein, Juliana Kemenosh, and Kirti Shenoy bring a new perspective to a popular topic of d...
12/02/2017
Cash, Crime, and Cannabis: Banking Regulations in an Illegal Market

Today with PPISG, Michael Greenstein, Juliana Kemenosh, and Kirti Shenoy bring a new perspective to a popular topic of discussion: the effects of legalizing marijuana within the banking sector. Continue reading below to learn how the cannabis market and federally regulated banks are being pinned against one another.

Over the span of recent decades, the federal legalization of marijuana has been a popular topic of discussion within the political arena. One aspect less ...

Today with PPISG, Zachary Koslowski paints a backdrop of the steady decline of nuclear energy over the last few decades ...
12/02/2017
America’s “Nuclear Renaissance” Part I: The Stalled Atomic Sector

Today with PPISG, Zachary Koslowski paints a backdrop of the steady decline of nuclear energy over the last few decades to highlight the latest discussion amongst climate scientists, who are now looking to nuclear energy to stem greenhouse gas emissions.

In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his landmark “Atoms for Peace” speech at the United Nations General Assembly. There, he charted the piv...

Today with PPISG, Thomas Lee provides a look at the effects of Germany's Energiewende, as well as the criticism the ener...
12/01/2017
Drawing Lessons and Lines from the German “Energiewende Paradox”

Today with PPISG, Thomas Lee provides a look at the effects of Germany's Energiewende, as well as the criticism the energy transition is still facing. Continue reading below to find out just how effective Germany's solution and what critics have to say about it.

As Chancellor Merkel was continuing to forge a coalition government following the September elections, Germans overall remained strongly supportive of the...

This week, for PPISG, Jonathan Delgadillo reports on the rising importance of "apprenticeships," a paid combination of o...
11/14/2017
The Rise of the Modern American Apprenticeship

This week, for PPISG, Jonathan Delgadillo reports on the rising importance of "apprenticeships," a paid combination of on-the-job training and related instruction, to bridge the employment skill-gap in the United States. https://publicpolicy.wharton.upenn.edu/live/news/2196-the-rise-of-the-modern-american-apprenticeship/for-students/blog/news.php

President Trump’s “America First” plan places significant focus on the creation of job opportunities for the millions of currently unemployed Americ...

This week with PPISG, Tyler Knox reports on European defense integration, a push for tighter military cooperation among ...
10/24/2017
Defense Integration in the European Union

This week with PPISG, Tyler Knox reports on European defense integration, a push for tighter military cooperation among European Union member states as Europe faces the prospect of an American withdrawal and continued geopolitical tensions with Russia.

The European Union is at a cross-roads in the wake of Brexit and the rise of Eurosceptic populism. Do European leaders push for renewed political and econ...

Don't miss out on your chance to join PPISG! Applications close Sept 10th at 11:59pm. https://goo.gl/forms/YR76T1UmU269K...
09/09/2017
PPISG Fall Membership Application

Don't miss out on your chance to join PPISG! Applications close Sept 10th at 11:59pm. https://goo.gl/forms/YR76T1UmU269KPNH2

Applications for general membership are due Sunday, September 10th at 11:59PM. Interviews will take place between Monday, September 11th and Friday, September 15th by the Director of the team you are applying for. If you plan to apply for a deputy position you must also fill out the general membersh...

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The Public Policy Initiative Student Group (PPISG) is the student association of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Public Policy Initiative. Our blog, Wonk Tank, is the nonpartisan, policy analysis-focused blog arm of PPISG. Every week, we post unbiased and unique analysis through our 5 research teams: Fiscal and Regulatory Policy, Health and Social Services Policy, Trade and Foreign Policy, Environmental Policy, and Innovation and Technology Policy.

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