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.

Unnecessary Regulations that Increase Prescription Drug Costs

Drug coverage will become more prevalent as more uninsured families gain health insurance as a result of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Drug therapy is arguably the most efficien…

Private School Choice: Options for Texas Children

The fundamental problem with Texas public schools, and nationwide, is that children are not engaged in useful learning. Far too many children are confused, overwhelmed or bored. As a result, they lear…

How Entrepreneurs Could Solve Medicare’s Problems

Medicare, the nation’s health care program for seniors, faces growing problems of cost, access and quality.  The solution lies in Medicare reforms that liberate health care providers to innovate, empo…

Exchanging Medicaid for Private Insurance

The Supreme Court’s ruling that provisions of the Affordable Care Act that would take away all federal Medicaid funds from states that refuse to expand their Medicaid programs are unconstitutional ina…

Lifetime Income, Longevity and Social Security Progressivity

Life expectancy has increased for most Americans in general over time, and life expectancy at retirement has been rising for decades. This has resulted in lengthening periods of retirement and higher…

How Are Baby Boomers Spending Their Money?

For several years, retirement and financial experts have bemoaned the fact that baby boomers and others who should be thinking about retirement saving are nowhere near ready to retire.  One could surm…

A Survey on the Economic Effects of Los Angeles County’s Plastic Bag Ban

Grocers and other retailers nationwide pack consumers' purchases in plastic bags. However, a growing number of jurisdictions — including Los Angeles county, and cities such as Austin and Seattle — hav…

Using Staffing Companies to Reduce Unemployment

More than 75 years since the system was created, unemployment insurance is still a contentious issue. Whether the problem is a lack of available work or the resistance of the unemployed to seek new…