Daily Policy Digest

Government Issues

Ranking of Intellectual Property Environments

The United States has the best intellectual property environment in the world, followed by the United Kingdom, France, Singapore and Australia...

The Case for Cost-Benefit Analysis of Financial Regulations

Using cost-benefit analysis in evaluating regulations would improve transparency, as regulators would have to explain to the public exactly what their assumptions are behind proposed regulations...

Maple Syrup Group Seeks International Standards

The International Maple Syrup Institute is pushing for U.S. states and Canadian provinces to adopt a uniform grading standard, the idea being that the standard would make marketing the syrup worldwide an easier endeavor...

New "Client Choice" Program First in the United States

A Texas county has been awarded a grant to establish a program that, among other things, establishes a "client choice" system in which defendants can pick their own attorney from a list of approved lawyers...

Pilot Shortage Hurts Airlines

Airlines have long been anticipating a large wave of pilot retirements, but it has come earlier -- and has been more severe -- than companies expected...

Does California's "Right to Know" Law Provide Too Much Information?

In California, there is little, if any, evidence that the state's "right to know" law has significantly reduced the frequency of cancer in the state...

Foster Care versus Modern Orphanages

More than 85 percent of alumni surveyed reported favorable or very favorable assessments of their orphanage days, says Richard McKenzie, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Adoption from Foster Care

About 30 percent of children who are reunited with their families will eventually return to the foster care system, says Alexander M. Bachik, a research associate with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Bad Analysis Hurts Technology Policy

Developing technology policy is difficult because it requires an understanding of law, economics, engineering and policy analysis, and few people have expertise across all of those fields...

A Ranking of Housing Affordability

Of 360 housing markets measured, 95 of them were ranked "affordable," 84 of those being in the United States; of the rest, seven affordable markets were in Canada and four in Ireland...


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