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Policy Briefings

Independent Policy Briefings examine specific economic and political issues and are written by Independent Institute Fellows. Longer than Independent Review articles, but shorter than Independent books, Policy Briefings provide easy-to-read, in-depth overviews of a key and timely public policy issues and offer realistic solutions.
California’s High-Speed Rail Authority Wins Dishonor of the California Golden Fleece® Award
Healthcare Solutions for Post-Obamacare America
Prison Break
A New Approach to Public Cost and Safety
Broken Borders
Government, Foreign-Born Workers, and the U.S. Economy
The Medicare Spending Program
What Price War?
Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Costs of Conflict
Failure to Provide
Healthcare at the Veterans Administration
Medical Disasters and the Growth of the FDA
Insurance Regulation in the United States and the European Union
A Comparison
Watery Marauders
How the Federal Government Obstructed the Development of Private Flood Insurance
Credit-Based Scoring in Insurance Markets
Alternative Frameworks for Insurance Regulation in the United States
Catastrophes and Performance in Property Insurance
A Comparison of Personal and Commercial Lines
Anatomy of a Train Wreck
Causes of the Mortgage Meltdown
Our Own Strength Against Us
The War on Terror as a Self-Inflicted Disaster
Below-Market Housing Mandates as Takings
Measuring their Impact
A Diplomatic Road to Damascus
The Benefits of U.S. Engagement with Syria
Do We Need to Go to War for Oil?
Nuclear Nonproliferation in the Post-9/11 World
Budgeting for Empire
The Effect of Iraq and Afghanistan on Military Forces, Budgets, and Plans
Congress, the Defense Budget, and Pork
A Snout-to-Tail Description of Congress’ Foremost Concern in National Security Legislation
The Planning Penalty
How Smart Growth Makes Housing Unaffordable
Is Future Conflict with China Avoidable?
The Government’s Response to Terrorism
An Evaluation
The Way Out of Iraq
Decentralizing the Iraqi Government

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