Policy Reports

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.

Characteristics Of An Ideal Health Care System

In our society, people who choose not to pay for insurance know that they are likely to get health care anyway - even if they can't pay for it. The reason is that there is a tacit, widely shared agree…

Saving the Surplus

A surplus is political manna, enabling politicians to fund their favorite programs.  The fundamental choice is between using the Social Security surpluses to reduce the federal debt and using them to…

Social Security and Education

This paper considers Social Security as an investment for different classes of workers based on their level of education. Why education, rather than income? Everyone's income will vary a lot over the…

Comparing Prescription Drug Proposals: Bush v. Gore

The two major presidential candidates, Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush, are offering competing proposals to deal with the gap in prescription drug coverage.

Crime and Punishment in Texas in the 1990s

Texas' criminal justice system has been undeservedly criticized, partly for political reasons and partly by those who oppose the state's whole approach to crime and punishment, particularly on such is…

Social Security and Race

In general, older generations are receiving reasonable rates of return from Social Security, especially among couples with dependent spouses.  But almost all future retirees will, on the average, have…

Wealth, Mobility, Inheritance And The Estate Tax

The federal estate tax has been instituted and repealed several times. Usually it has been seen as a source of revenue, rather than a means of redistributing wealth. But the current tax is clearly des…

Medical Savings Accounts in South Africa

In South Africa, MSA plans have competed against other forms of insurance on a level playing field. The result has been remarkable. In a few short years, MSA plans have become increasingly popular, an…




 
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