Policy Studies

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.

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

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.

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.

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