Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Workers’ Compensation Reform in Illinois (Update)

March 8, 2012

Illinois has the third-highest workers’ compensation insurance rates of any state in the United States.

Backgrounder: Hydraulic Fracturing

March 6, 2012

The recent discovery of vast deposits of oil and natural gas trapped in shale rock formations has revolutionized our nation’s short-term, mid-term, and long-term energy outlook.

Research & Commentary: Insurance Price Controls and California Proposition 103

March 2, 2012

In the mid-1980s, high premium costs and a tidal wave of auto insurance litigation led to vast public outrage against auto insurers.

Research & Commentary: The Dangers of a Single-Payer Health System

February 29, 2012

A common proposal for remedying the increasing cost of health care in the United States has been the call for a single-payer health care system.

Research & Commentary: National Catastrophe ‘Backstop’ Update

February 22, 2012

For more than a decade, members of Congress have proposed various bills to establish a federal “backstop,” “catastrophe fund,” or “guarantee mechanism” for private losses in cases of disaster.

Research & Commentary: Florida Parent Trigger

February 20, 2012

Florida legislators have proposed an education reform that is garnering significant national attention: the Parent Trigger.

Research & Commentary: National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization

February 14, 2012

Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been a political football in recent years, with Congress unwilling to commit to reform.

Research & Commentary: Louisiana Education Reforms

February 13, 2012

In January 2012, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) proposed policies that would shift the state’s education system toward greater accountability, freedom, and choice.