Policy Reports

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.

The Failure of our Public Schools: The Causes and Solutions

The educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a nation and a people.

The Effect Of The Social Security System On Black Americans

Like many economic policies of government, Social Security allocates a tax burden and redistributes income among the American people. For some citizens, participation in Social Security will be a net…

The R.E.A.L. Federal Dificit

This year total direct and indirect borrowing by the federal government will reach $324 billion--over $100 billion more than what is reported by the "official" federal deficit.

Equality of Access to Medical Care: Untold Story of the Changing Nature of the Americal Health Care System

Americans today enjoy the finest and most extensive health care of any nation in the world. They have the greatest access to medical services, and rank among the healthiest of all societies.

Off Budget Spending: The Growth of Underground Government

The distinguishing characteristic of the welfare state is that, over time, the distribution of wealth and the allocation of resources in a society are increasingly controlled by government rather than…

The Nation's Largest Municipal Bankruptcy: The Tip Of The Off-budget Iceburg

A recent article in Fortune magazine has the eye-catching title "Nuclear Fiasco Shakes the Bond Market." The fiasco is not a melt down, but what the article describe as the "squalor and fantastic wast…