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.

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…

Inefficiency in the U.S. Health Care System:

We do not always spend health care dollars in the most productive way. The way we pay for health care encourages both patients and physicians to overuse resources. On the average, every time a patient…

Using The Private Sector To Deter Crime

Since 1965, the share of gross domestic product (GDP) devoted to the U.S. criminal justice system has more than doubled. Yet the amount of crime reported to the police is near an all-time high and the…

Texas Health Care Reform: The Best and Worst Ideas

This study examines the most serious health policy problems facing Texas and analyzes the best and worst proposals for state health care reform.

Rethinking Robin Hood

We have analyzed the distribution of education dollars before and after Texas adopted the "Robin Hood" system of financing schools -- a system under which taxes are raised countywide and then distribu…

Economic Impact Of Government Spending: A 50-State Analysis

Econometric studies cast serious doubt on the benefit of most government spending. They show little relationship between most government spending - including education and highways- and economic growt…