Daily Policy Digest

The Social Cost of Carbon: A Made-Up Figure

Social cost of carbon analysis makes cheap power, such as coal, look unaffordable while it makes expensive power, such as wind, appear well worth the costs...

Are Government Revenue Projections Biased?

While agency actors undoubtedly would like to protect their own reputations for accuracy, there is likely to be political pressure on them to produce favorable economic growth forecasts...

Targeting Student Aid

Making financial aid dependent on a student's college readiness could better target taxpayer dollars...

Reducing Congestion with Vehicle Mileage Taxes

Charging tolls based on peak driving times would lessen congestion by giving drivers an incentive to drive less during those hours...

High Coinsurance Rates Mean High Drug Costs for Patients

Studies of various health plans with a percentage copayment model indicate that consumers may be responsible for up to 50 percent of the cost of specialty drugs, which can cost $8,000 or more each month...

Should We Guarantee a Minimum Income?

Replacing U.S. welfare programs with a guaranteed income is unlikely to save the federal government money...

Concierge Medicine Is Not Just for the Wealthy

To bring down the cost of insurance, basic health care maintenance should be divorced from more serious care...

Expanding Medicaid Will Harm Enrollees

Bringing more individuals into Medicaid will only put further strains on a program already struggling to care for those currently enrolled...

Another Housing Crisis on the Way?

There has been no real reform in the mortgage industry and there is unlikely to be real reform anytime soon...

Private Loans to Students up Last Year

Last year, the seven largest private lenders issued almost $6.9 billion in loans to students -- an increase of 8.1 percent from 2012 and the second consecutive year of growth since 2009...


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