Policy Reports

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.

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…

Crime in Texas

Texas is suffering from an epidemic of crime that began in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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…

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