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 Changing Price of Oil Relative to Gold
The Rand Paul Tax Plan
Opportunities for Small-and Medium-sized U.S. Businesses in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Do Unemployment Insurance Benefits Encourage Reemployment?

During the 2008 Recession, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program provided the long-term unemployed an unprecedented maximum 99 weeks of benefits. Some weeks of extended benefits were a…

Innovative Teaching Methods Key to STEM Growth

It is a great time to be a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) major in Texas. Dallas made Forbes’ list of the top 10 cities for STEM jobs and has the second highest annual median w…

What Is in the Lee-Rubio Tax Plan?

Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have released a blueprint for federal tax reform called the “Economic Growth and Family Fairness Tax Plan.”

New Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall and Dynamic Scoring

The appointment of Keith Hall as director of the Congressional Budget Office coincides with the adoption by Congress of a rule change that requires “dynamic scoring” of proposed tax law changes.

Obama's Proposed Capital Gains Tax Hike

Taxing the nonwage income of the wealthy is politically popular because it is assumed few people will be affected. President Obama’s 2016 budget proposes an increase in the capital gains tax to 28 per…