Daily Policy Digest

Government Issues

Regulatory Reform and Housing Finance: Putting the "Cost" Back in Benefit-Cost

There could be 3.9 million fewer jobs as a result of the housing regulations through the Dodd-Frank legislation and Basel III accords...

Crony Capitalism: By-Product of Big Government

Government intervention in the economy through subsidies and regulations are a primary reason for crony capitalism...

Risk Assessment, Safety Assessment, and the Estimation of Regulatory Benefits

Since 1981, most federal operations are expected to conduct systematic regulatory impact analysis for their largest regulatory reform initiatives...

Welfare Waivers: How They Really Do Water Down Work Requirements

Department of Health and Human Services waivers that would undermine welfare work rules are unnecessary considering that states already have flexibility to deliver federal funds how they see fit...

Government Streamlining Commissions

State government streamlining commissions are a potential source for identifying savings and policy improvements...

Gauging the Perception of Cronyism in the United States

An overwhelming majority of the public perceives cronyism to be rampant between business leaders and the government...

Government Cronyism and the Erosion of the Public's Trust

Trust in government peaked in 1966 at 76.6 percent; by 1976 it had fallen to 35.6 percent...

The Misuse of Top 1 Percent Income Shares as a Measure of Inequality

Recent studies find little or no sustained increase in the inequality of disposable income for the U.S. population as a whole over the past 20 years...

Are Payday Lending Markets Competitive?

Borrowers find that obtaining loans from payday lenders are more convenient and cheaper than the alternative of getting them from credit union or banks...

The Streetcar Swindle

In 2006, Tampa's 578,000 residents took only 520,000 trips on the city's new $63 million trolley...


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