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.

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.

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.