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.

Are the Republican Tax Cuts Fair?

Six proposed tax cuts in the Contract With America are designed specifically to increase economic growth.  Republicans claim that these tax reductions will lead to more jobs, higher wages and a higher…

The Role of Pharmaceuticals in Health Care Reform

In the U.S., we spend too much on hospital care and too little on drugs. Billions of dollars are wasted every year because patients and their doctors choose expensive, hospital-based therapies instead…

Me Too Crime Reform

The new Congress should decentralize decisions on crime. It can do so by repealing both the entire Clinton Crime Control Act of 1994 and the Brady Gun Control Law. Then it should repeal the federal ha…

Guide to Regulatory Reform: The Compensation for Takings Rule

The "takings clause" of the Fifth Amendment is unequivocal: "...nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation." Unfortunately, this component of our Bill of Rights is re…

Guide to Regulatory Reform: The Federalism Rule

Government is likely to work better when it is as close as possible to the governed. Thus, while national defense requires coordination by the central government, drainage ditch decisions do not. This…

Guide to Regulatory Reform: The Cost-Benefit Rule

Almost all business decisions involve some measures of costs versus benefits. Yet many governmental decisions are taken without adequate consideration of either. That is one reason the private sector…

Raising the Earnings Limit

The 42 million-plus Americans age 60 and over represent a vast store of human capital, rich in talent and ability. Yet this valuable resource is increasingly wasted.  If elderly workers under the age…

Dynamic Scoring: A Primer

Changes in tax rates affect how hard and long people work and how much they save and invest. But the official revenue-estimating arms of government ignore this fact in making their calculations.  They…