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.

The Case for Permanent Expensing

Investment spending has been sluggish in spite of record low interest rates and enormous levels of excess reserves in the banking system. Banks have been criticized for not lending enough, but the rea…

Mini-Med Plans

On September 23, 2010, a wide array of provisions from the controversial new Obama health care law went into effect, creating new restrictions on existing health insurance plans and an even bigger set…

Why Is College So Expensive?

Soft consumer demand in a weak economy has led many businesses to cut prices. But this is not the case in the market for higher education. Entering college freshmen and returning students face ever-hi…

Tolling by Time Reduces Congestion and Improves Air Quality

Traffic congestion is a growing problem in many metropolitan areas. Congestion increases travel time, air pollution, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel use because cars cannot run efficiently.

Medical Tourism: Have Insurance Card, Will Travel

Most Americans are shielded from the full cost of health care and have little or no incentive to compare prices or choose lower cost providers.

Crisis of the Uninsured: 2010 and Beyond

One of the primary goals of the new federal health reform law - the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) - is to ensure that all Americans have health insurance. Yet it is generally over…

Don't Let the R & D Tax Credit Slip Away

Prior to the 1970s, there were barriers to foreign investment, such as laws limiting ownership of U.S. corporations. As trade barriers fell in the 1970s and the economies of countries in North America…

Capitalism, Democracy and Environmental Quality

Like many U.S. presidents, George W. Bush thought exporting democracy to developing countries was more important than exporting capitalism. Both capitalism and democracy improve a society's quality of…