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.

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…

Chile's New Pension Reforms

In 2008 Chile initiated a major reform to its personal account social security system. The personal account system, established in 1981, replaced a traditional pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) system in which wo…

Biotech versus Precaution in Europe and America: Killing the Golden Goose

The human population is growing - especially in countries where people are already malnourished - and will probably plateau sometime this century between eight and nine billion people. With approximat…

Reasonable Responses to Climate Change

Many people are concerned that an increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere - due primarily to such human activities as burning fossil fuels for energy - is causing the Earth to w…

Applying the Lessons of State Health Reform
Lack of health insurance is a significant, persistent problem in New Jersey. In 2007, more than 1.3 million residents were uninsured - three-fourths were working-age adults 19 to 64 years old. About 1…
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…