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.

Why the Minimum Wage Law Causes Unemployment

The minimum wage increase proposed by President Clinton would do little to reduce poverty. Instead, it would cause real hardship for some low-income Americans, the very people it is designed to help.

Law, Liberty and Economic Growth

Previous scholarly studies have demonstrated a statistically significant relationship between political and civil liberty and economic growth. This study surveys legal systems in 167 countries and com…

What Is the Optimal Size of Government in the United States?

Beyond some minimum level, government becomes a net drain on the private sector. When resources are allocated privately, the goal is the highest economic rate of return. When they are allocated by pol…

Why Not Abolish the Welfare State?

Everyone from Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton seems to agree. Our welfare system is a disaster. It's in desperate need of reform.

Forecasting the Effects of the Mitchell Health Bill

The health refonn plan proposed by Senator George Mitchell CD-ME) attempts to increase the number of people with health insurance by offering generous subsidies to induce voluntary compliance. Employe…

Forecasting the Effects of the Clinton Health Plan

The Clinton health plan promises to insure the uninsured and to replace existing coverage with more generous health insurance benefits for most people. At the same time, the administration claims that…

The Clinton Health Plan

President Clinton has offered the nation a dramatic health reform plan that promises universal coverage, benefits as comprehensive as those of Fortune 500 company plans and lower costs.  The actual re…

A Primer on Managed Competition

Managed competition would make no sense unless most health care were delivered in health maintenance organizations (HMOs), employing the techniques of managed care. That is why most proponents of mana…