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.

Destroying the Environment: Government Mismanagement of our Natural Resources

The United States is generally thought of as a country devoted to the principle of private property. Yet about 42 percent of the U.S. land is owned by government--33 percent by the federal government…

Privatizing the Welfare State

New evidence shows that there are remarkable differences among the people we label as "poor".

Paying People to be Poor

Since 1972, there has been a strong, positive relationship between the amount of welfare spending and the amount of poverty, after adjusting for other important factors, including the unemployment rat…

Privatization Around the Globe: Lessons for the Reagan Administration

Following the lead of Britain, countries around the world are applying the techniques of the Thatcher government and are joining the privatization revolution.

Pension Plans at Risk: A Potential Hazard of Deficit Reduction and Tax Reform

As the Administration and Congress persue deficit reduction and tax reform, America's private pension system finds itself in great jeopardy.

The Changing Market For Health Insurance: Opting Out Of The Cost-plus System

The American system of public and private health insurance, by in large, is designed to insure that hospitals do not go out of business, that they receive sufficient revenues to cover their costs.

Privatization In The U.S.: Cities And Counties

A privatization revolution is taking place among cities and counties throughout the country. Privatization--the practice of transferring assets and activities out of the public sector and into the pri…

Taxation And Economic Growth: The Emerging Consensus Among The Experts

Whether measured in terms of investment, capital used per hour worked, or labor productivity, the performance of the U.S. economy over the past decare has been poor: