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.

Medicare Drug Plans Need the Tools to Fight Prescription Drug Fraud

Patients benefit enormously from safe and effective drug therapies. However, many of the drugs Americans take are not safe when they are taken recreationally, consumed in quantities larger than prescr…

Why the "Rich" Can Get Richer Faster than the "Poor"

President Barack Obama has tagged the growing inequality of income over the past three or four decades as “the defining challenge of our time,” an often-repeated claim recently echoed by economist Tho…

Benefits to the Poor of Texas Franchise Tax Repeal

Texas continues to grow, even in the face of a recession and the weak recovery. From 2008 to 2014, real gross domestic product per person in the United States did not grow, but in Texas, per capita GD…

The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Small Business

Whereas large corporations typically self-insure — paying their employees’ medical bills and hiring insurers to administer health benefits — small businesses purchase group health coverage from insure…

Specialty Drugs and Pharmacies

Patients benefit enormously from safe and effective drug therapies. Highly advanced specialty drugs and biological agents are increasingly used to treat rare diseases and disorders for which there wer…

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…