Policy Studies

How do Electronic Cigarettes affect Adolescent Smoking?

Abigail S. Friedman
April 22, 2015

Understanding electronic cigarettes’ effect on tobacco smoking is a central economic and policyissue.

Social Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining: Land Use and Value

February 16, 2016

The “social” impact of sand-mining operations, including their impact on land use, scenic beauty, and property values, can be a sensitive topic.

State Fiscal Constraints and Higher Education Spending: The Role of Medicaid and the Business Cycle

Thomas Kane, Peter Orszag, David Gunter
May 22, 2003

The more states spend on Medicaid, the less they spend on higher education.

Roadway Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining

September 18, 2015

As many as 9,000 non-metallic mines operate in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin – approximately one mine for every 3,000 residents.

Amending the Constitution By Convention: A More Complete View of the Founder's Plan

Robert Natleson
December 1, 2010

Rob Natleson, senior fellow of the Independence Institute, presents his first policy study relating to amending the Constitution of the United States through an Article V convention. 

Environmental Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining

May 11, 2015

The rate of silica sand mining in the United States has increased in recent years, due in large part to the tremendous growth in hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas using horizontal drilling techn

In Defense of Private Civic Engagement: Why the Assault on ‘Dark Money’ Threatens Free Speech – and How to Stop the Assault

April 20, 2015

Being able to speak freely and donate money anonymously has a long and distinguished history in the U.S. The Declaration of Independence, the campaigns for approval of the U.S.

2015 Welfare Reform Report Card Executive Summary

March 19, 2015

In the nearly two decades since the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 was signed into law, the nation has seen a major reduction in the number of welfare recip

2015 Welfare Reform Report Card

March 19, 2015

Most state governments can improve the effectiveness of their efforts to help those in poverty.

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