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Behind the Curtain: Assessing the Case for National Curriculum Standards

February 17, 2010

In this Policy Analysis for CATO, McCluskey contends that the argument for national curriculum standards sounds simple: set high standards, make all schools meet them, and watch American students a

They Spend WHAT? The Real Cost of Public Schools

Adam B. Schaeffer
March 10, 2010

In this Policy Analysis, Schaeffer writes that although public schools are usually the biggest item in state and local budgets, spending figures provided by public school officials and reported in

Defining Success: The Case against Rail Transit

Randal O'Toole
March 24, 2010

In this Policy Anaysis, O'Toole states that ver the past four decades, American cities have spent close to $100 billion constructing rail transit systems, and many billions more operating those sys

The Inefficiency of Clearing Mandates

Craig Pirrong
July 21, 2010

In this Policy Analysis, Pirrong evaluates the aftermath of the financial crisis.

Reforming Indigent Defense: How Free Market Principles Can Help to Fix a Broken System

Stephen J. Schulhofer and David Friedman
September 1, 2010

In this CATO Policy Analysis, the authors contend that criminal defense systems are in a state of perpetual crisis, routinely described as “scandalous.” Public defender offices around the country f

Budgetary Savings from Military Restraint

Benjamin H. Friedman and Christopher Preble
September 21, 2010

In this Policy Analysis, the authors write that fiscal health might be in decreasing the militarybudget, and by avoiding needless military conflict to protect our prosperity.

Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors: 2010

Chris Edwards
September 30, 2010

In this Policy Analysis overview of state governments, Edwards notes that state governments have had to make tough budget choices.

Congress Should Account for the Excess Burden of Taxation

Christopher J. Conover
October 13, 2010

In this CATO Policy Analysis, Conover contends that taxes impose costs on society beyond the amount of revenue government collects.

Fixing Transit: The Case for Privatization

Randal O'Toole
November 10, 2010

In this Policy Analysis for CATO, transit expert Randall O'Toole argues that America’s experiment with government ownership of urban transit systems has proven to be a disaster.

Reputation under Regulation: The Fair Credit Reporting Act at 40 and Lessons for the Internet Privacy Debate

Jim Harper
December 8, 2011

More than 40 years ago, Sen. William Proxmire (D-WI) guided the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) through Congress, seeking to improve the operations of the credit reporting industry.

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