Special Publications

The NCPA occasionally produces special publications, such as Briefing Books, Conference Proceedings and Copublications with other institutes. Studies by NCPA scholars published elsewhere are included by permission.

Understanding Cap-and-Trade

There are a number of ways to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, if that is a worthwhile goal. Among the two most often discussed are a direct tax on carbon and "cap-and-trade." While economists g…

How We Got Well

Welcome to Future World, where the average income is $100,000 a year and people need only a 20-hour work week to earn it. Since the present day, medical science has progressed even faster than income.…

Perspectives on the Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending

Health care reform is definitely at the top of the domestic policy agenda. But before we move ahead on significant changes in the health care markets in the United States, it is critical that we flesh…

The Role of Health Care Spending in Projecting Federal Elderly Entitlement Spending

Spending on Medicare and Social Security is expected to grow considerably in coming years, commanding an increasing share of the nation's output. This study begins by comparing the long-run forecasts…

Health Care Reform: Do Other Countries Have the Answers?

Although national health insurance has considerable support within the medical profession, the degree to which patient empowerment, individual choice, competition, and market incentives are being cons…

Ten Ways to Trim Your Health Care Costs

The one expenditure that a lot of people assume they have little or no control over is health care costs. Yet, a little common sense and a healthy dose of consumerism can reward savvy shoppers with si…

Economic Stimulus - The Right Way

Rather than a one- or two-year stimulus package, we should be looking for permanent
fiscal changes that turn the economy around in a lasting way.

Stimulus or Pork?

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports that only 7% of the stimulus spending in the House-passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (approx. $358 billion of the total) will be spent this ye…