Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: The College Bubble

January 23, 2012

U.S. student loan debt has increased 500 percent since 1999, and the cost of college has risen 400 percent since the 1980s.

Research & Commentary: Online and Blended Learning

January 12, 2012

Two million K-12 students in the United States are enrolled in online classes this year, and full-time virtual enrollment has increased 40 percent in the past three years.

Research & Commentary: Colorado Health Insurance Exchange

January 9, 2012

Though several states have rejected federal funding for health insurance exchanges required by President Barack Obama’s health care law, the state of Colorado has accepted an $18 million federal gr

Research & Commentary: For-Profit Competition in K-12 Education

January 5, 2012

Increasing numbers of for-profit service providers have begun to enter the education sector, performing tasks from collecting and analyzing standardized test data to providing tutoring and bus serv

Research & Commentary: The FutureGen Project

January 4, 2012

In the past few decades the federal government has spent millions of taxpayer dollars subsidizing the development of new energy technologies, including large-scale sequestration of carbon emitted f

Research & Commentary: U.S. Postal Service Reform

December 29, 2011

The United States Postal Service is one of the best-liked agencies of the federal government, enjoying near-universal approval of the public. But it is in deep trouble.

Research & Commentary: Amazon Taxes

Elizabeth Henderson
December 22, 2011

Many state legislatures are pursuing legislation to force out-of-state online and catalog retailers to collect and remit sales taxes on purchases made by residents in the state.

Research & Commentary: Anti-Bullying Measures

December 21, 2011

All but three states have enacted anti-school-bullying legislation, 21 of them passing related laws in 2011. The U.S.

Research & Commentary: Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange

December 20, 2011

Despite criticism from state legislators, Gov.

Research & Commentary: The Future of the 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage

December 19, 2011

Legislators and regulators in Washington, DC are now considering a gradual winding down of the two giant government-supported mortgage-securitizing enterprises, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

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