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.

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…

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…