Policy Studies

Publications

Problems in Electricity Market Governance: An Assessment
Travis Kavulla

The decisions of an RTO executive may be more dispositive of the important questions of electricity policy than the pronouncements of, say, a typical governor, legislature, or state utility…

Tobacco Harm Reduction: Evidence Update
Carrie Wade & Chelsea Boyd

Concerns that aim to protect non-users are often more influential in driving policy changes than evidence that points to a benefit for smokers. And, this will only result in policies that aim to…

California After Dynamex: Worker Classification by Favor, Folly and Faux Pas
C. Jarrett Dieterle & Ian Adams

AB 5 legislation, which redefines what it means to be an independent contractor in California, and the employment classification test it creates restricts the freedom of workers, diminishes their…

U.S.-China Trade War: Farmers Caught In The Crossfire
Clark Packard

“Instead of seizing the opportunity to push forward with efforts to open up foreign markets, from trade wars and protectionist bailout schemes, the Trump administration’s policies have moved in the…

Promoting Equity with Youth Diversion
Nila Bala & Emily Mooney

“The full potential of diversion policies and programs are undermined when youth of different racial and ethnic backgrounds do not have the same opportunities to be diverted and are not offered…

Formalizing the USPS Universal Service Obligation
Nick Zaiac

What history has shown is that universal mail service has meant many different things over the centuries. And now, as the postal service faces the prospects of permanent decline, Congress may see…

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Changing Police Norms
Daniel Semelsberger & Arthur Rizer

*This article was peer reviewed by professionals who are subject matter experts in the field of police diversion. Reviewers include: Nixon Camilien, PhD, Jac A. Charlier, Elizabeth Sinclair, and…

The Case Against Congressional Term Limits
Casey Burgat

Put simply, term limits have proven to be a brain drain on legislatures. Policymaking is a hard job and an often thankless one at that. There are very few easy, clear-cut decisions in Congress, and…

The Fallouts of Bailouts
Clark Packard

American farmers and ranchers have spent decades establishing themselves as steady and reliable trading partners. In 2017, the last year before the trade wars began, about 20 percent of farm income…

The U.S. can reform housing finance without any action from Congress
Alex J. Pollock

The U.S. came out of the 2007-12 housing bust with a housing finance system even more government-centric than it was before, because the Government completely took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by…