Studies

NCPA studies generally break new ground on policy issues. A study seeks to cast new light on an issue and to stimulate policy-makers and others to think of new, innovative solutions to the problems associated with the issue. Studies may combine several elements of analysis, including original research, reviews of academic literature, creative approaches for solving public policy problems, and economic modeling.

Why Are There So Few Job Losses from Minimum-Wage Hikes?

Both proponents and opponents of federal minimum-wage hikes are convinced that if Congress raises the minimum wage (whether to $9 or $10.10 or $15 an hour) the welfare of tens of millions of low-incom…

Do Bans on Plastic Grocery Bags Save Cities Money?

Consumers choose plastic bags far more often than paper or reusable bags to carry their purchases. Compared to paper and reusable bags, plastic bags are lightweight, strong, flexible and moisture resi…

Inequities in Texas Telecom Taxation

Telecommunications, cable and wireless service consumers pay a barrage of federal, state and local taxes and fees imposed on these services and their providers. Telecom services are usually taxed like…

Can We Put a Price on Nature?

Nature provides a variety of services to mankind. Forests and wetlands, for example, filter pollutants, cleaning the water. Weathering, microbes, and various plants and insects create and enrich the s…

Florida’s Market-Based Medicaid Reform Demonstration: Cost and Quality Issues

Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor, was created almost as an after-thought as part of the Medicare Act of 1965. From 1975 to 2010, Medicaid costs grew 1.8 percent faster than…

The Market for Medical Care Should Work Like Cosmetic Surgery

Every day, millions of American consumers go shopping. In the process, they compare the prices and quality of goods and services ranging from groceries to cellular telephone service to fast food to ho…

Rare Earths Mining Potential in the United States

America’s well-being — our homes, workplaces, schools, hospitals and transportation systems — are all possible because of this country’s vast mineral wealth. The United States ranks as among the world…

An Economic and Policy Analysis of Florida Medicaid Expansion

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