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The Cornell Roosevelt Institute is Cornell University's premier student-run think tank that empowers students by providing them with a platform to publish and circulate their policy ideas. Members write policy proposals and op-eds for publication and contribute to political advocacy and outreach projects. Through Cornell Roosevelt's affiliation with the Roosevelt Network, a nation-wide network of over 140 universities, student policy proposals are also eligible for national publication.

Recent Blog Posts

Challenges Estimating the Effects of Medicaid with Existing Poverty Measures

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There is a universal goal to "eliminate poverty", yet there are many challenges to defining poverty in order to measure it. Without sufficient measures of poverty, the effects of various welfare programs and policies are difficult to observe, such as Medicaid. In order to better estimate the effects of Medicaid, policymakers must move to using a health-inclusive poverty measure to better inform their decisions.

Carbon Dividend: The Revenue-Neutral Solution to Incentivizing Renewable Energy

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Policymakers need to unite upon a practical economic program which incentivizes green energy and reduces fossil gas usage. A carbon dividend does so while also benefitting taxpaying civilians and boosting America's economy.

Eyes in the Sky: Using Satellites to Help Reduce Emissions

An artist's rendition of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 orbiting the earth.

Front and center at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow were urgent messages to abide by emissions pledges. With development underway of new satellite technologies to monitor and identify countries’ emissions, it may soon be possible to further increase transparency and encourage compliance with these pledges.

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