American Enterprise Institute

Are low oil prices good or bad?

Vaclav Smil
December 22, 2014

The speed and amount that oil and gasoline prices have fallen have shocked many, called a blessing by some, and dangerous or regrettable by others.

Not So Modest: Pension Benefits for Full-Career State Government Employees

Andrew G. Biggs
March 19, 2014

City and state governments around the country are pursuing reforms to address the rising costs of public employee pension plans.

Scientists Sit Out Genetic Engineering Debate

Blake Hurst
September 24, 2014

Genetically modified seeds are good for the environment and good for our pocketbook.

Tampering with Part D Will Not Solve Our Debt Crisis

Joseph Antos and Roland (Guy) King
June 29, 2011

It was clear from the outset that spending reductions in Medicare would be on the table in negotiations over raising the legal limit on U.S. government borrowing.

Letting 50 Flowers Bloom: Using Federalism to Spur Environmental Innovation

Jonathan H. Adler
January 8, 2002

This 2004 paper in The Jurisdynamics of Environmental Protection: Change and the Pragmatic Voice in Environmental Law by Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan H.

Let Fifty Flowers Bloom: Transforming the States into Laboratories of Environmental Policy

Jonathan H. Adler
January 8, 2002

A 2002 paper for the American Enterprise Institute by Case Western law professor Jonathan H.

Not so Modest: Pension Benefits for Full-Career State Government Employees

Andrew Biggs
March 24, 2014

The average benefit for a full-career state government employee is roughly twice the $19,000 figure claimed by AFSCME, and in some states substantially higher.

Only a Private Housing Finance Market Can Produce Stability

Peter J. Wallison
December 12, 2013

In this policy paper, the author notes that in the last half-century, U.S. government backing for the housing finance market has consistently produced cycles of boom and bust.

Big Farms Are About to Get Bigger

Blake Hurst
December 11, 2013

In this post that appeared in The American, Blake Hurst writes that nothing is more important in agriculture than place. But that may soon change.

Road Pricing and Asset Publicization: A New Approach

R. Richard Geddes
December 10, 2013

In this policy study, Richard Geddes writes that the United States faces major challenges related to the funding of transportation infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and tunnels.

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