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.

Solar Power Prospects

The production of electricity from renewable energy technologies is growing much faster than the electric power supply as a whole, and solar power is among the fastest growing segments of the renewabl…

How Health Reform Affects Current and Future Retirees

This year Medicare will spend more than $530 billion. Beneficiaries will pay for about 20 percent of spending through premiums and income tax payments. Workers will pay the remaining 80 percent throug…

Turning on the Lights 2011: The Consumer Benefits of Electric Power Competition

Today, the production, delivery and use of electric power are undergoing revolutionary changes not seen since the era of Thomas Edison. These developments promise to be as profound as those that trans…

Taxing Tobacco by Risk

Excise taxes are fees levied on specific products like cigarettes, beer and gasoline. Unlike broad-based taxes, such as general sales or income taxes, excises are often paid by a narrow subset of the…

Medicare Trustees Reports 2010 and 2009: What a Difference a Year Makes

The new federal health care law - the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or ACA) - uses cuts in Medicare to fund additional federal health care spending on nonseniors. The cuts come from redu…

Unfunded Liabilities of State and Local Government Employee Retirement Benefit Plans

Investors breathed a tentative sigh of relief in recent months as they watched their retirement accounts make up for lost ground. Just a few months earlier, as they watched their 401(k)s weather drama…

Preparing for Retirement in an Uncertain World

In previous generations, many workers could expect to automatically receive a steady stream of retirement income from Social Security and a pension from their union or employer. Like Social Security,…

Health Information Technology: Benefits and Problems

Proponents of health information technology (HIT) often claim that the United States lags behind other developed countries when it comes to the use of electronic medical records (EMRs), physician orde…