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.

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…

Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea: What Are We Waiting For?

American businesses pay billions of dollars in tariffs each year on exports to countries that are willing to eliminate those tariffs. Why? Because Congress has failed to ratify three key trade agreeme…

How to Reduce Disability: Lessons from Chile

Disability costs are rising in many countries, including the United States. Disability is the fastest-rising component of U.S. Social Security, growing at nearly twice the rate of retirement benefit s…

How to Keep Seniors Working: Lessons from Chile

American workers live longer each decade but they continue to retire early. They often begin receiving Social Security benefits, quit working and stop contributing to national output well before age 6…