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.

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…

Choice in Education: Opportunities for Texas

Until now, educational reform in Texas has consisted in pouring billions of dollars of new spending into failing school systems and enacting scroes of rules and regulations governing everything from t…

Employee Benefits Law: The Case For Radical Reform

Each year Ametica "spends" $105 billion in tax deductions for employee benefits. The deductions cause the tax rates for all taxpayers to be higher than they otherwise would be. The justification is th…

Equality and Inequality in Texas School Finance

In the case of Edgewood v. Kirby, the Texas Supreme Court declared the system of educational finance in Texas unconstitutional. The issue was considerable disparity in taxable property values among Te…

What A Canadian-Style Health Care System Would Cost U.S. Employers And Employees

In the auto industry and elsewhere, corporate leaders are calling for national health insurance. They mistakenly believe that they can turn over the cost of their employee health care plans to the U.S…

Report Card on Texas Schools

This report is based on academic tests administered to more than 1,400,000 Texas school children in more than 1,000 school districts in the 1988-1988 academic school year. The Texas Educational Assess…

Taxing Capital Gains

A capital gain is the difference between the sales price and the purchase price of an asset. Under current law, this gain is taxed at the same tax rate as ordinary income. Although the tax code is ind…

Paying People Not To Work: The Economic Cost Of The Social Security Retirement Earnings Limit

America is known throughout the world as the land of opportunity - a place where people can work hard and freely use their talents and abilities to make a better life for themselves and their children…