Brief Analyses

Restricted to two letter-size pages, a Brief Analysis summarizes some aspect or aspects of a public policy issue, presenting points for consideration in policy debates or responding to points that have been raised during these debates.

Calming Fears of Climate Change in South and Southeast Asia

South and Southeast Asia. Studies have focused on South and Southeast Asia due to their unique vulnerability to projected effects of climate change: a decline in agricultural production, rising sea le…

Pacific Alliance Looks East

After several failed attempts at regional integration, the countries of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru formed the Pacific Alliance in 2011. The new coalition is focused on common economic objectives…

Abolishing the Corporate Income Tax Could Be Good for Everyone

The U.S. corporate income tax produces little revenue — only 1.8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), or about $288 billion in 2013. Yet the compliance, collection and avoidance costs of collectin…

How Social Security Reform Could Benefit Workers

Congress is once again considering changes to Social Security in an attempt to "save" the program. Social Security benefit payments have exceeded tax revenues since 2010; the funding deficit is growin…

Is Disability Contributing to Women’s Declining Employment?

Women’s labor force participation rate (LFPR) — the percentage of individuals employed or looking for work — reached an all-time high of 60 percent in 1999, but since then has steadily declined to 57.…

The Growing Benefits of a Warmer World

Earth’s climate has changed many times throughout its history. During the last century and a half, average temperatures have risen modestly, though the warming trend has stalled for the past 16 years.…

Popular Medicare Drug Plans Are under Assault

Nearly 39 million Medicare beneficiaries, including both seniors and the disabled, have subsidized drug coverage through the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003. Of these, nearly 36 million indiv…

Retiring Soon? Pay off the House First

In 2011, the first of 78 million baby boomers turned 65. By 2031, the last year of the boomer generation will reach their full retirement age (67). Many will consider moving to a less costly, low-tax…