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.

Fiscal Policy and Economic Recovery

The Obama administration is committed to using federal spending over the next few years in hopes of turning the economy around. It will be funded by continuous, massive budget deficits. Will deficit s…

10 Cool Global Warming Policies

Global warming is a reality. But whether it is a serious problem - and whether emis- sions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases from human fossil fuel use are the principal cause - are u…

Ten Ways to Wreck Your Retirement

Personal retirement accounts are a valuable tool in building a retirement nest egg. The recent fall in the stock market has caused some savers to cash out their savings. This is unfortunate because th…

Measuring the Unfunded Obligations of European Countries

Europe is undergoing two major transitions. On the demographic front, many European countries are undergoing rapid population aging as their Baby Boom generations enter retirement, senior citizens liv…

Health Care Entrepreneurs: The Changing Nature of Providers

The market for medical care does not work like other markets. Providers typically do not disclose prices prior to treatment because they do not compete for patients based on price. Payments are usuall…

Thinking About Tomorrow

How large is the federal government's debt? The figure most likely to be reported in newspapers is the debt held by the public. This measure currently stands at $6.3 trillion and is rising. However, t…

Optimal Taxation, Economic Growth and Income Inequality in the United States

Up to a point, government spending on public goods - such as national defense and protection of property - can raise the economic growth rate. However, as government spending rises, the tendency is to…

A Framework for Medicare Reform

The most important domestic policy problem this country faces is health care. The most important component of that problem is Medicare. Forecasts by every federal agency that produces such simulations…