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.

Suing Gun Manufacturers: Hazardous to Our Health

The lawsuits against gun manufacturers are not just bad public policy, they are also dubious as matters of law. The courts have recognized that firearms are no different from many other potentially da…

Saving Medicare

Although public attention is focused on how to solve the problem of Social Security, the future financial problems of Medicare are twice as great.

Privatizing Social Security in Latin America

Chile, the first nation in the Western Hemisphere to establish a social security system, was the first nation in the world to privatize its system. Since Chile instituted a privatized system in 1981,…

Investment-Based Social Security Saving Social: Security for Our Parents, for Our Children

The exploding cost of Social Security threatens to become the greatest financial crisis in American history. The unfunded liability of the system is twice as large as our national debt and exceeds the…

Crime and Punishment in America: 1998

Serious crime in the United States soared to alarming heights beginning in the 1960s, but began leveling off in the 1980s and has declined by one-third during the 1990s. Every category of violent crim…

Handcuffing the Cops: Miranda's Harmful Effects on Law Enforcement

The U.S. Supreme Court's 1966 decision in Miranda v. Arizona created a series of procedural requirements that law enforcement officials must follow before questioning suspects in custody. Miranda has,…

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.