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.

Paying People Not to Work: The Unemployment Compensation System

The Unemployment Compensation system encourages employeers to lay off their employees and discourages the unemployed from finding new jobs.

Private Alternatives to Social Security in Other Countries

The social security systems of nearly all developed countries and many less developed countries face a severe financial crisis as we move into the 21st century.

Private Sector Alternatives to the Welfare State: A New Agenda for Black Americans

The black community in the U.S. has a rich tradition of self-help institutions. These institutions, essential to black survival, thrived in the time of black slavery, during the period following the C…

Health Care for the Elderly: The Nightmare in Our Future

With each passing year, the fraction of our national income devoted to health care continues to rise, and therefore no end in sight. One reason is the growing expense of health care for the elderly.

Legal Barriers to Home-Based Work

The activities of women in the labor market reveal two crotradictory trends. On the one hand, women are better educated and have more job skills and training than ever before. On the other hand, a sub…

Social Security and Race

Black and White workers earning the same wages pay identical Social Security taxes. Yet because their higher mortality rates, black workers will receive far less in Social Security benefits then their…

Social Security: Who Gains? Who Loses?

When the baby boom generation retires and looks to a much smaller working populationto pay its benefits, Social Security will face a finalcial crisis of alarming magnitude. This will occur sometime in…

Government vs. Free Enterprise in Space

Until recently, the U.S. had a clear lead in virtually every aspect of space technology. Today, we are in danger of losing that lead to Europe, to Japan, and even to the Soviet Union.