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.

Privatizing Social Security

The U.S. Social Security system is broke. It does not have the assets to pay promised benefits. Unless the system is fundamentally changed, solvency will require either massive tax increases for futur…

Medical Savings Accounts: Obstacles to Their Growth and Ways to Improve Them

Why have MSAs been slow to catch on? How can their use be increased? Lawmakers imposed a number of restrictions that limit who can purchase MSAs and thwart the ability of MSAs to work properly.

Measuring the Burden of High Taxes

Not only would Americans have a higher standard of living if the tax rate had been at 21 percent of GDP, but based on public spending and indicators of social progress, it appears that the marginal be…

Misconceptions About Environmental Pollution, Pesticides and the Causes of Cancer

Various misconceptions about the relationship between environmental pollution and human disease, particularly cancer, drive regulatory policy. In this paper, we highlight 10 such misconceptions and br…

The Tax Credits Program for School Choice

This study proposes the Tax Credits Program for School Choice, offering tax credits to taxpayers who pay tuition for children to attend nongovernment schools.

The Nightmare in Our Future: Elderly Entitlements

Each generation of retirees depends on the government to provide Social Security and health care benefits by taxing the next generation. But in America, as in most other developed countries, the numbe…

Murder by the State

At least 170 million people - and perhaps as many as 360 million - have been murdered by their own governments in this century. This is more than four times the 42 million deaths from civil and intern…

Crime and Punishment in America: 1997 Update

After soaring to alarming heights beginning in the 1960s, serious crime in the United States began leveling off in the 1980s and has declined for the past three years. Every category of violent crime…