Cato Institute

Medical Licensing: An Obstacle to Affordable, Quality Care

Shirley Svorny
September 17, 2008

In the United States, the authority to regulate medical professionals lies with the states. To practice within a state, clinicians must obtain a license from that state’s government.

Fiscal Uncertainty and Economic Activity

Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, Pablo Guerrón-Quintana, Keith Kuester and Juan Rubio-Ramírez
June 18, 2014

Over the past six years, policymakers and business leaders alike have seen the U.S. economy buffeted by larger-than-usual uncertainty about fiscal policy.

The Worst of Both: The Rise of High-Cost, Low-Capacity Rail Transit

Randal O'Toole
June 3, 2014

Most new rail transit lines in the United States and around the world are either light rail, including lines that sometimes run in or cross city streets, or heavy rail, which are built in exclusive

Less Hazardous Smokes?

Gio Batta Gori
October 1, 2002

"The evidence is summarized in the Surgeon General’s 'Smoking and Health' report of 1979, which lists several major studies showing that smokers of a half-pack of cigarettes per day have about one-

Right-to-Work Laws: Liberty, Prosperity, and Quality of Life

Richard Vedder
January 10, 2011

Economist Richard Vedder examines the positive impact that right-to-work laws have on the economies of states that have such laws enacted.

Donating the Voucher: An Alternative Tax Treatment of Private School Enrollment

Andrew Samwick
May 1, 2014

Paying out of pocket for a child to attend a private school creates a “positive externality.” Families that make this choice are relieving the

The Common Coring of Private Schools

Andrew Coulson and Jason Bedrick
January 15, 2014

The Thomas B. Fordham institute suggests that private schools should administer state standardized tests and expel consistently “underperforming” schools in the choice program.

Giving School Choice the Milton Friedman Test

Andrew Coulson
August 12, 2013

Milton Friedman said, “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” Comparisons between school choice, voucher programs, and charter s

State Education Trends: Academic Performance and Spending over the Past 40 Years

Andrew Coulson
March 18, 2014

There is a lack of information surrounding spending and performance evaluation of state level education.

Should Pennsylvania Expand Medicaid?

Michael Cannon
June 20, 2013

In June 2012, the Supreme Court made the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid optional for states.

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