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.

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…

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…