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.

Does it Pay to Work More?

Does it pay to work more hours in order to earn more income?  The answer depends on what one earns after taxes.  Virtually all American households are confronted with high to very high marginal tax ra…

Economic Freedom and the Trade-off between Inequality and Growth

One of government's biggest challenges is to develop policies that raise the standard of living in a society without creating large income gaps between the rich and poor. But to a great extent, raisin…

Global Warming: Experts’ Opinions versus Scientific Forecasts

In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its Fourth Assessment Report. The report included predictions of big increases in average world temperatures by 2100, resulting in…

The Bush Capital Gains Tax Cut after Four Years: More Growth, More Investment, More Revenues

In May 2003, President George W. Bush signed into law his investment tax cut. This package included accelerated reductions in income tax rates, a cut in the dividend tax from 39.6 percent to 15 percen…

A Medicare Reform Proposal Everyone Can Love: Finding Common Ground among Medicare Reformers

Medicare reform will soon be front and center in the public policy arena.  The reason:  Projections in the past two years for Medicare's deteriorating finances have triggered a legal requirement for t…

Convenient Care and Telemedicine

Telemedicine - the use of information technology for diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients' conditions - brings a new dimension to 21st century health care. Entrepreneurs are using the Inter…

Medical Tourism: Global Competition in Health Care

Global competition is emerging in the health care industry.  Wealthy patients from developing countries have long traveled to developed countries for high quality medical care.  Now, a growing number…

Integrated Disability and Retirement Systems in Chile

People are living longer and healthier lives, yet disability benefits are the fastest growing portion of social security expenditures in the United States and many other countries.  What can be done t…