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.

How Our Health Care System Works

A new model of the medical marketplace shows that U.S. health care costs are rising because Americans are overinsured and that government policies are the primary reason. The most important change in…

Myths About Gun Control

Firearms are used to commit as many as 650,000 crimes each year. But firearms are also used to prevent crimes as many as one million times each year. In fact, criminals are three times more likely to…

Crime in Texas 1992

Texas is suffering from an epidemic of crime that began in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  Each year, about 2.8 million Texas -- one out of every three households -- are victims of serious crimes.

The Next Environmental Battleground: Indoor Air

The proponents of indoor air regulation seek to protect workers' health and safety. However, since there is a relationship between low income and mortality, high regulatory costs may actually increase…

State Health Care Reform Under The Clinton Administration

As state governments take on the difficult task of health care reform, legislators must accept the fact that federal policy -- particularly tax policy -- has shaped and molded our health care system. …

The Immigration Solution

Before the end of this decade, Social Security and Medicare will begin paying out more in benefits than the payroll tax (FICA) collects in revenues. As a result, taxes will have to rise. According to…

America's Unfairest Taxes: Tariffs and Quotas

Today, there are more than 8,757 tariffs - plus vast numbers of quotas, so-called voluntary import restraints and other import restrictions. All too often these barriers to trade impose their greatest…

A Strategy for Growth

As the U.S. economy languishes at the start of an election year, leaders in both political parties are proposing tax relief as a remedy. Ill-conceived tax cuts, however, would do nothing to help the e…