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Debunking Portland: The City That Doesn’t Work

Randal O'Toole
July 9, 2007

Portland, Oregon is seen as a sort of smart-growth utopia.

The Freedom to Spend Your Own Money on Medical Care: A Common Casualty of Universal Coverage

Kent Masterson Brown
October 15, 2007

In this Policy Analysis, the author writes that most people would agree that a patient should always be able to spend his own money on the health care services he desires.

Do You Know the Way to L.A.? San Jose Shows How to Turn an Urban Area into Los Angeles in Three Stressful Decades

Randal O'Toole
October 17, 2007

This Policy Analysis explores the development of cities and the idea of smart growth.  California cities have the least affordable housing and the most congested traffic in the nation.

What Can the United States Learn from the Nordic Model?

Daniel J. Mitchell
November 5, 2007

In this comparative Policy Analysis, the author writes that some policymakers in the United States and Europe argue that it is possible to enjoy economic growth and also have a large welfare state.

A Gift of Life Deserves Compensation: How to Increase Living Kidney Donation with Realistic Incentives

Arthur J. Matas
November 7, 2007

In this Policy Analysis, the doctor contends that treatment for end-stage renal (kidney) disease (ESRD) is the only government-funded health care in the United States that has no financial need- or

The Public Education Tax Credit

Adam B. Schaeffer
December 5, 2007

In this Policy Analysis, the author asserts that public education is an end, not a means.

The Planning Tax: The Case against Regional Growth-Management Planning

Randal O'Toole
December 6, 2007

In this Policy Analysis, Randal O'Toole examines the concept of growth-management.

The Connection between Wage Growth and Social Security’s Financial Condition

Jagadeesh Gokhale
December 10, 2007

In this Policy Analysis, the author contends that the conventional view that faster wage growth would improve Social Security’s financial condition rests on several measures of the program’s financ

What to Do about Climate Change

Indur M. Goklany
February 5, 2008

In this Policy Analysis, the state-of-the-art British-sponsored fasttrack assessment of the global impacts of climate change, a major input to the much-heralded Stern Review on the Economi

The Grass Is Not Always Greener: A Look at National Health Care Systems Around the World

Michael D. Tanner
March 18, 2008

In this Policy Analysis, the author notes that critics of the U.S. health care system frequently point to other countries as models for reform.

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