Saturday, August 16, 2008

Send all the Israelis and Palestinians to Harvard

For the price of the Iraq War, we could've sent every man, woman, and child living in Israel and Palestine to Harvard for four years.

There are 7.3 million people living in Israel, and 3.8 million people living in the Palestinian territories.  The total cost of attending Harvard for one year is $52,650.  That would put the cost of a four-year Harvard undergraduate degree for all Israelis and Palestinians at $2.3 trillion, which is less than Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes' estimate of over $3 trillion for the cost of the Iraq War.