Policy Studies

How Often Do Cities Mandate Smart Growth or Green Building?

Michael Lewyn
October 21, 2014

This working paper, authored by Touro College’s Jacob D.

Tip of the Costberg: On the Invalidity of All Cost of Regulation Estimates and the Need to Compile Them Anyway, 2015 Edition

October 2, 2014

The 2015 edition of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual survey of federal regulatory costs, Tip of the Costberg, attempts to quantify the economic impact of government over-regul

The Direct and Indirect Effects of Small Business Administration Lending on Growth: Evidence from U.S. County-Level Data

Andrew Young
October 9, 2014

West Virginia University economics researchers Donald J. Lacombe and Andrew Young, and Georgia Institute of Technology Scheller College of Business scholars Matthew Higgins and Briana C.

The Effect of New Jersey's Minimum Wage Increase on Fast-food Employment: a Re-evaluation Using Payroll Records

David Neumark and William Wascher
August 1, 1995

In 1995, University of California-Irvine economics professor David Neumark and Federal Reserve governor William Wascher analyzed payroll records of fast-food restaurants in New Jersey counties and

Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors 2014

Chris Edwards
October 6, 2014

The Cato Institute's 2014 Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors grades the nation’s 29 Republican and 21 Democratic governors on their respective tax and spending policies enacted since

Short-term Effects of a Teenage Driver Cell Phone Restriction

Robert D. Foss
June 11, 2008

This academic study, conducted in 2008 by University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center Senior Research Scientist Robert D.

Economic Freedom of the World: 2014 Annual Report

James Gwartney
October 8, 2014

This report, co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute in Canada and over 70 other think tanks around the world, seeks to quantify and compare the economic freedom of the world's nat

The Effects of Marginal Tax Rates on Interstate Migration in the U.S.

New Jersey Department of the Treasury
October 1, 2011

A non-partisan study conducted by the New Jersey Department of the Treasury studies existing research on the effects of state taxes on migration.

The Federal Reserve’s Exit Strategy: Looming Inflation or Controllable Overhang?

Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
September 16, 2014

In this paper, San Jose State University economics professor Jeffery Rogers Hummel discusses why fears of interest-rate inflation, caused by the Federal Reserve’s plan to retreat from years of quan

Why Some Cities Are Growing and Others Shrinking

Dean Stansel
June 15, 2011

Florida Gulf Coast University Associate Professor of Economics Dean Stansel studies migration and taxation data for 100 American metropolitian areas, finding statistically significant correlations

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