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Policy Reports

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.

“Critical Math” Doesn’t Add Up
Race Consciousness and Radical Egalitarianism in the Curriculum
Beyond Homeless
Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes, Transformative Solutions
Is It Time for a “490 B.C. Project”?
High Schoolers Need to Know Our Classical Heritage
Customized Learning for California
Helping K–12 Students Thrive with Education Savings Accounts
Better Than Government
A New Way of Managing Life’s Risks
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


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