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.

Making Health Insurance Portable

One of the strange features of the U.S. health care system is that the health plan most of us have is not a plan that we chose; rather, it was selected by our employer.

Tipping the Scales: Why Central Europe Matters to the United States

Does Central Europe still matter to the United States? Twenty years ago, the answer to this question was obvious. For Cold War-era U.S. policymakers, the region stretching from the Baltic to the Black…

Economic Freedom of North America 2005 Annual Report

Economic Freedom of North America 2005 Annual Report

Unnecessary Deaths: The Human and Financial Costs of Hospital Infections

This report has been written to help you and to enlist your help in correcting a deadly situation that kills an estimated 103,000 people in this country each year-as many deaths as from AIDS, breast c…

Time, Money and the Market for Drugs*

Americans spend more than $234 billion a year on legally purchased chemical entities. Although the expense is a small part of our nation's $1.8 trillion health care bill, the dollars involved are subs…

Does Europe Need the Polish Plumber?

On May 30, 2005, the French people voted to reject the proposed European Union (EU) Constitution. Exit polls showed that the majority of those who voted against the Constitution did so because they be…

Income Distribution: Stagnant or Mobile?

The problem for the Democrats is that the American people don't believe in class warfare. They don't hate the rich because they are rich. On the contrary, they want nothing more than to emulate them.…

Economic Freedom Index of North America 2005

This is the third edition of the annual report, Economic Freedom of North America. The statistical results of this year's study persuasively confirm those published in the previous two editions: econo…