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

Randal O'Toole
December 6, 2007

In this Policy Analysis, Randal O'Toole writes that regional growth-management planning makes housing unaffordable and contributes to a business-unfriendly environment that slows economic growth.

Giving Kids the Chaff: How to Find and Keep the Teachers We Need

Marie Gryphon
September 25, 2006

In this Policy Analysis, the author writes that new research on the role that teachers play in student achievement is demonstrating that higher- quality teachers can significantly improve education

The Libertarian Vote

David Boaz and David Kirby
October 18, 2006

In this Policy Analysis, the authors contend that the main theme of political commentary in this decade is polarization.

Why We Fight: How Public Schools Cause Social Conflict

Neal McCluskey
January 23, 2007

In this Policy Analysis, it is all too often assumed that public education as we typically think of it today—schooling provided and controlled by government—constitutes the “foundation of American

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.

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