Roosevelt Institute | Cornell University

Can Peacekeepers Actually Keep the Peace?

By Jack Robbins Published April 15, 2016

Recent coverage of UN peacekeepers has been increasingly negative highlighting the violent and irresponsible nature of certain UN interventions. Despite these accounts, UN peacekeepers also provide a key tool in the UN's toolbox for promoting stability and peace. Surveying some of the empirical literature and providing logical analysis of the comparative advantage that the UN provides shows that if peacekeepers can be better regulated they are an important asset for the UN to wield.


Rise of the Automaton: How Robots Change the Minimum Wage Debate

By Jack Robbins Published February 25, 2016

In an age where cities across the country seem to be fixated on substantially raising the minimum wage, new advents in technology threaten to undermine the welfare of low-skilled workers. The growth of automaton technology and its subsequent effect on the relative cost of labor threatens to replace the human service industry. This growth in technology seems to suggest that by raising the minimum wage, we may in fact cause more harms than benefits.


Private Prisons: Free Market Solution or Prison Industrial Complex Enabler?

By Jack Robbins Published November 11, 2015

In response to the high crime rates of the 1970's, America began a series of "tough on crime" initiatives that would later be referred to as the War on Drugs. This policy brought about a massive rise in the prison population that has created an overcrowding problem comprobable to the problem it was trying to solve. Prison privatization has arose as a countermeasure to the overcrowding of public prisons and has caused significant controversy in the debate about mass-incarceration. However, private prisons appear to be more cost-effective, higher quality, and have less impact on lobbying than their public counterparts.