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Failures of the Unemployment Insurance System

Chris Edwards and George Leef
June 1, 2011

The Social Security Act of 1935 established the federal-state unemployment insurance (UI) system, which pays benefits to workers who are laid off.

Ending Congestion by Refinancing Highways

Randal O’Toole
May 12, 2012

Although gasoline taxes have long been the main source of funding for building, maintaining, and operating America’s network of highways, roads, and streets, the tax is at best an imperfect us

The Education Investment Tax Credit

Adam Schaeffer
March 5, 2012

This model legislation for education tax credits from the Cato Institute aims to provide maximum freedom for parents, children, schools, and taxpayers to support and attend the schools they choose.

Facing Mother Nature

Martin F. Grace and Robert K. Klein
December 18, 2006

Changes in insurance markets that followed the flurry of hurricanes in 2004–2005, capped by Hurricane Katrina, have been met by a storm of criticism in Congress and state capitals.

Bankrupt Entitlements and the Federal Budget

Michael Tanner
March 28, 2011

Tanner contends in this Policy Analysis that if one includes the unfunded liabilities of programs such as Medicare and Social Security, the true national debt could run as high as $119.5 trillion.

The Paralyzing Principle

Cass R. Sunstein
November 2, 2003

All over the world, there is increasing interest in a simple idea for the regulation of risk: the Precautionary Principle.

The Federal Government’s Real – but Very Dangerous and Limited – Role in Confronting Bullying and Harassment

Neal McCluskey
May 1, 2011

The federal government does have, and should use, authority to enforce equal protection under the law against violence and harassment, testifies Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute before the U.S.

Regulating Environmental Hazards

Richard Wilson
January 1, 2008

People seek answers to seemingly simple questions: Is the water safe to drink? Is there a safe level of radiation? But usually there is not a simple answer to such questions.

Private School Chains in Chile: Do Better Schools Scale Up?

Gregory Elacqua, Dante Contreras, Felipe Salazar, Humberto Santos
August 16, 2011

Examples from Chile demonstrate that the best way to increase the prevalence of successful schools and education methods is to create incentives for schools to scale up themselves, instead of forci

The Other Lottery: Are Philanthropists Backing the Best Charter Schools?

Andrew J. Coulson
June 6, 2011

In this Policy Analysis, Coulson argues that no correlation exists between a charter school receiving private funding and its later performance after controlling for external factors.

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