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.

The State of the Children: An Examination of Government-Run Foster Care

This study is the result of a two-year undertaking by the Institute for Children to gather accurate data on three of the most pressing questions in child welfare: (1) How many children are in foster c…

New Environmentalism

This paper presents a commonsense approach to public policy toward the environment. Instead of focusing on what decisions should be made, it focuses on how they should be made and by whom. Specificall…

Making Drugs Safe and Available without the FDA

There is widespread agreement that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs reforming. The drug approval process in the United States is too slow, too expensive and too restrictive.…

The Economic Effects of the Dole Tax Plan

This study examines the economic effects of the Dole plan using a computable general equilibrium (CGE) model, an economic model that has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.

Factories Behind Bars

Despite a consensus of the American public that prison inmates should be gainfully employed, most are idle. Their idleness contrasts sharply with the circumstances of their 19th-century counterparts.…

The Economic Effects of A Flat Tax

Using an economic model published in several peer-reviewed journals - a computable general equilibrium (CGE) model - this study examines the effects of a 17 percent flat tax on the various sectors of…

Dying Too Soon: How Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Can Save Lives

For every one of us, death is inevitable. Premature death, however, is not. Through some reasonable mix of public and private strategies, we can substantially reduce the chance that we will die before…

Medical Savings Accounts: The Singapore Experience

The Singapore programs provide incentives to reduce consumption and offer protection against extraordinary events and free-rider abuses. The system is efficient and effective, the health status of the…