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 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…

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 $…