Daily Policy Digest

The Economics of Medicaid: Assessing the Costs and Consequences

Under the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office projects Medicaid enrollment to increase nearly 30 percent by 2024 and federal spending on the program to double over the next decade...

How Green Policies Hurt the Poor

In the last five years, it has become 63 percent more expensive to heat a home in the United Kingdom; at the same time, real wages have declined...

Teacher Effectiveness and Student Achievement

By eliminating only the bottom 5 percent to 8 percent of teachers, American student achievement could rise to the level of achievement in Canada, which translates into an average paycheck increase of 20 percent each year, for the next 80 years for all workers...

New Banking Reforms Are Not Real Reform

U.S. regulatory agencies have released a number of rules aimed at preventing another housing crisis, but the new regulations are completely irrelevant and do not address the real source of potential trouble...

Corporate Income Tax Needs Structural Reform

Corporations operating internationally can shift income around through a variety of techniques that allow them to manipulate the "source" of that income and avoid the U.S. corporate income tax...

Tax Freedom Day Three Days Later Than Last Year

Americans will spend more on taxes in 2014 than on food, clothing and housing combined...

Housing Tax Benefits Do Not Increase Homeownership

The mortgage-interest deduction applies to the portion of a home financed by debt, so it ends up encouraging greater debt financing than would otherwise be the case...

Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

Between 2007 and 2009, Sweden, Israel, Romania, Spain, Mexico, Italy, Estonia, Finland, New Zealand, Austria and Brazil all had faster start-up rates of new companies than did the United States...

How the Minimum Wage Increased Unemployment in 2013

A $1 increase in the minimum wage increased the unemployment rate by 1.48 percent and led to a 0.18 percent decrease in the net job growth rate...

Using Property Rights in Fishery Management

A property rights-based fishery management system would create incentives that can solve overfishing problems...


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