Publications

The State Tax Complexity Index: A New Tool for Tax Reform and Simplification

Across the political spectrum there is broad agreement that tax reform is long overdue. Yet reform remains an elusive goal—not just in Washington, but also…

A Brief History of Internet Regulation

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Proposals to regulate the Internet are often presented as “new” solutions to deal with modern problems, but the most significant of these proposals,…

Infrastructure Investment and Economic Growth: Surveying New Post-Crisis Evidence

Does an increase in government spending create or destroy private sector jobs? Or more particularly, does additional spending on infrastructure—fixing existing roads and bridges, or…

Young Americans: Is Recovery Coming?

Young Americans – the 80 million Americans age 16-34 – have had a rough recession and an almost non-existent recovery. This is reinforced by the…

The PPI Tech/Info Job Ranking

The last few years have been tough for many cities and localities. Most places have not yet fully recovered from the financial collapse, either in…

Student Debt: The FAQs on Pay As You Earn (PAYE)

In August 2013, President Obama announced a major drive to increase enrollment in “Pay As You Earn” (PAYE), a federal student loan repayment option based…

Stumping Patent Trolls On The Bridge To Innovation

President Obama brought much needed attention this June to “patent trolling,” a growing area of litigation abuse vexing America’s high-tech industries. In these lawsuits, shell…

U.S. Investment Heroes of 2013: The Companies Betting on America’s Future

For too long, U.S. policymakers have focused narrowly on boosting consumers’ buying power, assuming that the productive end of the economy will take care of itself. Yet the…

Can the Internet of Everything bring back the High-Growth Economy?

The United States and the other major advanced economies are currently stuck in a seemingly endless twilight of slow growth. The numbers are ugly: The…

The FCC’s Incentive Auction: Getting Spectrum Policy Right

As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers how to allocate the broadcasters’ spectrum in the upcoming “incentive auction,” it should be guided by economic principles…