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.

Taxes, Deficits and the Current Recession

The budget summit agreement, including the largest tax increase in history. was rushed through Congress in the final moments of the last session. Even now - long after passage of the act and the 1990…

Federal Deposit Insurance: The Case for Radical Reform

The crisis of deposit insurance is not new. Throughout our history, state governments have made many attempts to operate deposit insurance systems.

A Pro-Growth Budget Strategy: Vision For The 1990s

As the U.S. economy falters on the eve of a serious recession, leaders in both political parties are proposing new taxes as a way to reduce the federal deficit. This strategy is self-defeating. The ne…

Elderly Taxpayers And The Capital Gains Tax Debate

In order to correct the unfairness in the present tax code and encourage a higher national saving rate, we should index capital gains and other investment income for the effects of inflation, exempt c…

The Bush Savings Plan

Almost everyone agrees that the current method of taxing capital gains is harmful and unfair. Although personal income tax rates are inflation-indexed, there is no similar protection for people who ma…

An Agenda for Solving Americas Health Crisis

America's health care system is in crisis. That is the conclusion of virtually every commentator on AMerican medicine, regardless of policital persuasion. Ask any doctor, any patient, any business exe…

Efficiency and Inefficiency in Texas Public Schools

On the whole, Texas public schools are very inefficient. If we compare student achievement scores with the amount of money spent to achieve those scores, we conclude that about one out of every three…

Crime Pays, but so does Imprisionment

America is burdened by an appalling amount of crime. Even though the crime rate is not soaring, as it did during the 1960s and 1970s, we still have more crimes per capita than any other developed coun…