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.

Senate Republican Conference: Task Force on Economic Growth and Job Creation

There is a consensus among the economists testifying that the reasons for slower growth are the same reasons for the current recession: higher taxes on labor and capital and an increase in costly regu…

A Consumer's Guide To Environmental Myths and Realities

Americans are being besieged with advice on how to be "good environmentalists." Advice on what products to buy and what actions to take is routinely given to consumers, legislators and even school chi…

Why Worry About Global Warming?

For years, the most extreme global warming alarmists have warned that a significant increase in average temperatures would cause ecological disaster.

Government In Retreat

Technological changes are increasing the mobility of labor and capital around the world. Because of this mobility, governments no longer have a fixed supply of productive resources to tax and regulate…

The Case for IRAs

A new bill introduced by Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) and William Roth (R-DE) would restore the right of every American to contribute up to $2,000 a year to an IRA account. As an alternative, the bill would g…

Progressive Environmentalism: A Pro-Human, Pro-Science, Pro-Free Enterprise Agenda For Change

In the world today, there are about 150 governments and five billion people. The environmental movement has increasingly looked to the 150 governments to solve problems, while ignoring the role of the…

How State and Local Taxes Affect Economic Growth

This study finds that state and local taxes (expressed as a fraction of personal income) over the period 1957 to 1987 had a major impact on state economic growth.

Tax Rates, Tax Revenues and Economic Growth

Prior to the 1980s, most people assumed that if governments raised tax rates they would collect more total revenue from taxpayers. We now have dynamic evidence from the United States that a decrease i…