Issue Briefs

Veterans and Higher Education

The post-September 11, 2001, GI Bill provides education benefits to veterans who serve at least 90 days on active duty. It covers up to 36 months of costs for even the most expensive public colleges i…

An Economic and Policy Analysis of Medicaid Expansion in Ohio

In June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional those provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) that deny federal matching funds for Medicaid to states tha…

An Economic and Policy Analysis of Medicaid Expansion in Virginia

In June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional those provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) that deny federal matching funds for Medicaid to states tha…

Reforming Alabama’s Medicaid Drug Program

Alabama is forging ahead with plans to move Medicaid enrollees into managed care plans. In doing so, the state should change its policies of administering pharmaceutical drug benefits separately from…

How U.S. Agricultural Subsidies Harm the Environment, Taxpayers and the Poor

Proponents of agricultural subsidies often justify them as necessary to compete in international agricultural markets and ensure a variety of plentiful, inexpensive food for domestic consumers. The fe…

More Education, Better Retirement

Recent college graduates have had a difficult time finding employment to match their skills. Indeed, unemployment is now higher among 18 to 24 year olds than any other age group. Despite the current l…

ObamaCare Is the Problem, Health Savings Accounts Are the Solution

Health policy economists are puzzled by a persistent slowdown in the growth of health care spending that seems to have started in mid-2005, and accelerated since then. As the Wall Street Journal noted…

How Green Protectionism Harms Sustainable Forestry, the Environment and the World’s Poor

Under the guise of protecting the world’s forests from unsustainable logging practices, proponents of protectionist trade policies have successfully lobbied for so-called “green” measures. Environment…