Daily Policy Digest

Commodity Prices Follow Gold

Gold and industrial-metals prices are leading indicators of inflation, says R. David Ranson, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

The Medical Care Cost Ratchet

A population that is fully insured spends 40 percent to 50 percent more than a population with a large deductible, while gaining no measurable improvement in health status from the additional services...

Income Inequality in U.S. Cities

There is a greater divide in income between the rich and the poor in the nation's biggest cities than in the United States as a whole...

Income Share Agreements for Student Loans

With Income Share Agreements, a student does not pay back a loan but instead pays the investor with a percentage of his income for a specific period of time after he finishes school...

Louisiana Scholarship Program Threatened by U.S. Department of Justice

This year, 12,000 children applied for the Louisiana Scholarship Program and nearly 5,000 are using the scholarships for private schools; about 90 percent of the 12,000 are black...

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...


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