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  • Education, Training and Labor

    Making a Case for the Right to Preschool


    High-quality early childhood education has life-long academic, developmental, and social impacts, but access to early childhood education differs substantially for children from different backgrounds. This disparity poses a complex issue: do children have a right to publicly funded preschool?

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  • Social Policy

    Early Childhood Education Potential Is Still Highly Untapped


    Awareness about the importance of the early years is increasingly known worldwide, but effective system-level implementation is lacking. In order to ensure access to quality early childhood education for the most vulnerable children, effective structures, evidence, and political buy-in are essential.

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  • Science, Technology and Data

    Interview with Daniel Dennett: AI, Free Will, and the Future of Humankind


    HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Chacier Alexander held a joint interview with Symbiotic CEO Riccardo Di Molfetta and cognitive scientist Dr. Daniel Dennett on his perspectives on the philosophical implications of artificial intelligence, the challenge of aligning advanced AI systems with human values, and whether AI consciousness or free will would be functionally different from their biological counterparts. 

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Global Governance on Impact Investing and Accounting: A Strategy for Developing Global Standards


Impact investing can be a game changer in solving social problems. Yet, the lack of impact accounting standards enables investors without any social impact to disguise themselves as “impact investors” to improve the image of the company.

Business and Regulation

The Cross-Border Interoperability of National Digital Payment Systems as a Gateway to Economic Development


Enhanced coordination and cooperation between governments, financial regulatory bodies, central banks, and other industry stakeholders is needed to implement the vision of integrating national digital payment systems.

Development and Economic Growth

The State of Value-Based Care and Its Potential Effect on Maternal Health Disparities


The U.S. faces a maternal mortality crisis, particularly for women of color. We must take the tools and programs we know work, and broaden them to reach all women in need.


How Can Nigeria Divert Remittance Flows to Formal Channels?


Remittances play an instrumental role in Nigeria’s economy, yet, an estimated 50% of remittances are channeled through informal networks. Newly proposed strategies can enhance Nigeria’s remittance flows through formal channels.

Business and Regulation

Duty and Liability: A Case for Preserving Qualified Immunity


While qualified immunity is invoked sparingly, its existence provides breathing room for public officials, particularly law enforcement officers to do their jobs effectively.

Fairness and Justice

Reviving Comstock: Unveiling the Anti-Abortion Strategy in Post-Roe America


The Comstock Act is a significant impediment to reproductive freedom and access to safe, effective abortions. Pro-choice stakeholders must recognize the urgency of addressing this outdated legislation that uses 1800s social standards to regulate the bodies of people in 2024.

Advocacy and Social Movements