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 Health Exchange Marriage Penalty
The Global Environmental Facility: A Dismal Failure

The United States has financed several global initiatives to benefit the environment. One of these efforts is the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).[i] The GEF funds international projects to preser…

The Uninsured Crisis under ObamaCare

The number of people who lacked health coverage fell slightly to 48 million in 2012, from 48.6 million the year before, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Income & Poverty report.

Foreign Investment in the United States and Three Latin American Countries

Individuals and businesses in one country may transfer wealth to another country by investing in its business enterprises; this kind of wealth transfer is called foreign direct investment. Similarly,…

Government Spending Crowds the Private Sector Out and In

Most people assume that increased government spending aids the economy and that cuts in spending will hurt it. Even more fear that government spending cuts might push the economy into a recession. The…

Limiting Retirement Account Growth Would Punish Saving

President Obama’s proposed 2014 budget includes a limit on the growth of tax-advantaged retirement accounts. Though Congress is unlikely to adopt his budget proposal, the idea of limiting retirement a…

Are Corporate Bonds Worth a Look?

In this age of low returns on certificates of deposit and jitters over the stock market, many investors wonder where to put their money. One option is corporate bonds. Corporations issue bonds to fina…

The Pitfalls of Internet Sales Tax Collection

Internet sales accounted for a growing share of consumer spending over the last decade. Now smart phones and wireless networks provide an almost unlimited ability to shop and purchase goods electronic…