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.

Crime and Punishment in Texas: Update

Texas, which suffered from a 29 percent increase in the rate of serious crime during the 1980s, is experiencing a dramatic improvement in the 1990s.

Private Alternatives To Social Security in Other Countries

Social security programs in most countries, including the United States, follow the model first adopted in Europe: they are financed by mandatory payroll taxes and provide benefits to current retirees…

Saving the Medicare System With Medical Savings Accounts

This study examines the choices private insurers will be able to offer as alternatives to the government-run program if they are given a voucher for the average estimated per-person Medicare cost of $…

Compulsory Savings in Singapore: An Alternative to the Welfare State

Unlike most countries in the world today, which finance their social security systems on a pay-as-you-go basis, Singapore requires people to save for their own retirement.

Reforming Medicaid

While growth in private-sector health care spending has declined recently, spending on Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the nation's poor, has continued to explode - growing at…

Multiculturalism and Economic Growth

Multiculturalism is in vogue today among academicians, politicians and the media. But anthropologists identify cultural diversity as a universal source of social conflict and often as a barrier to eco…

Reforming Medicare with Medical Savings Accounts

As currently structured, Medicare pays many small bills which the elderly could easily afford and does not pay the catastrophic expenses that could devastate them financially. Medicare is in need of s…

Progressive Environmentalism: Principles for Regulatory Reform

The vast majority of environmentalists believe that appreciation of the natural world needs to be integrated with human progress. But a vocal, prolific and energetic minority of reactionaries who do n…