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Independent Policy Reports are in-depth peer-reviewed analyses of specific public policy issues written by Independent Institute research fellows. Longer than articles in The Independent Review, but shorter than books, they can be downloaded for free or bought for $10.00 each.

Is It Time for a “490 B.C. Project”?
High Schoolers Need to Know Our Classical Heritage

Williamson M. Evers, Victor Davis Hanson , Morgan E. Hunter | September 23, 2020
Customized Learning for California
Helping K–12 Students Thrive with Education Savings Accounts

Vicki E. Alger | January 25, 2018
Better Than Government
A New Way of Managing Life’s Risks

John C. Goodman | October 6, 2016
Healthcare Solutions for Post-Obamacare America
John C. Goodman | November 17, 2014
Prison Break
A New Approach to Public Cost and Safety

Erwin A. Blackstone, Simon Hakim | June 30, 2014
Broken Borders
Government, Foreign-Born Workers, and the U.S. Economy

Benjamin Powell, Zachary Gochenour | September 16, 2013
The Medicare Spending Program
Craig Eyermann | November 30, 2012
What Price War?
Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Costs of Conflict

Anthony Gregory | May 31, 2011
Failure to Provide
Healthcare at the Veterans Administration

Ronald Hamowy | March 18, 2010
Medical Disasters and the Growth of the FDA
Ronald Hamowy | February 10, 2010
Insurance Regulation in the United States and the European Union
A Comparison

Robert W. Klein, Martin Eling , Joan T. Schmit | November 5, 2009
Watery Marauders
How the Federal Government Obstructed the Development of Private Flood Insurance

Eli Lehrer | October 19, 2009
Credit-Based Scoring in Insurance Markets
Lawrence S. Powell | October 1, 2009
Alternative Frameworks for Insurance Regulation in the United States
Martin F. Grace, Robert W. Klein | September 14, 2009
Catastrophes and Performance in Property Insurance
A Comparison of Personal and Commercial Lines

Patricia H. Born, Barbara Klimaszewski-Blettner | September 2, 2009
Anatomy of a Train Wreck
Causes of the Mortgage Meltdown

Stan J. Liebowitz | October 3, 2008
Our Own Strength Against Us
The War on Terror as a Self-Inflicted Disaster

Ian S. Lustick | April 4, 2008
Below-Market Housing Mandates as Takings
Measuring their Impact

Edward J. López, Edward P. Stringham , Thomas Means | November 9, 2007
A Diplomatic Road to Damascus
The Benefits of U.S. Engagement with Syria

Leon T. Hadar | October 1, 2007
Do We Need to Go to War for Oil?
David R. Henderson | September 1, 2007
Nuclear Nonproliferation in the Post-9/11 World
Charles V. Peña | June 12, 2007
Budgeting for Empire
The Effect of Iraq and Afghanistan on Military Forces, Budgets, and Plans

David Isenberg | January 30, 2007
Congress, the Defense Budget, and Pork
A Snout-to-Tail Description of Congress’ Foremost Concern in National Security Legislation

Winslow T. Wheeler | August 21, 2006
The Planning Penalty
How Smart Growth Makes Housing Unaffordable

Randal O’Toole | May 12, 2006
Is Future Conflict with China Avoidable?
Ivan Eland | January 20, 2006
The Government’s Response to Terrorism
An Evaluation

Andrew J. Taylor | December 27, 2005
The Way Out of Iraq
Decentralizing the Iraqi Government

Ivan Eland | January 14, 2005
Homeland Security
Learning from Japan

Edward A. Olsen | November 18, 2004
New Perspectives in Climate Change
What the EPA Isn’t Telling Us

S. Fred Singer, John R. Christy , Robert E. Davis , David R. Legates , Wendy M. Novicoff | July 28, 2003
Firearms and Crime
Daniel D. Polsby | January 1, 1997
Wolf Recovery, Political Ecology and Endangered Species
Charles E. Kay | January 2, 1996
Culture and Crime
Christopher J. Check, Allan C. Carlson | January 1, 1996
Antidiscrimination in Health Care
Community Ratings and Pre-Existing Conditions

Richard A. Epstein | January 1, 1996
Illicit Drugs and Crime
Bruce L. Benson, David W. Rasmussen | January 1, 1996
Civil Forfeiture as a “Sin Tax”
Donald J. Boudreaux, Adam C. Pritchard | January 1, 1996
Bank Deposit Guarantees
Why Not Trust the Market?

Kenneth J. Robinson, Eugenia D. Short | January 1, 1996
Monetary Nationalism Reconsidered
Lawrence H. White | January 1, 1996
Police Services
The Private Challenge

Erwin A. Blackstone, Simon Hakim | January 1, 1996
Privatization in Criminal Justice
Bruce L. Benson | January 1, 1996
Regulation of Carcinogens
Are Animal Tests a Sound Foundation?

Aaron B. Wildavsky | January 1, 1996
Toxic Torts by Government
Bruce L. Benson | January 1, 1996
Victim’s Rights, Restitution and Retribution
Williamson M. Evers | January 1, 1996
Wealth Creation as a “Sin”
Jonathan R. Macey | January 1, 1996

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