Policy Brief

Free Energy Trade: Time to Lift the Oil Export Ban

In July 2014, the United States passed Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s biggest oil producer for the first time since 1970. This…

Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband

Self-styled consumer advocates are pressuring federal regulators to “reclassify” access to the Internet as a public utility. If they get their way, U.S. consumers will…

Give Our Kids a Break: How Three-Year Degrees Can Cut the Cost of College

The American higher education system is the finest in the world. Our universities and colleges are unmatched, and we have more highly rated schools than…

The Best Path Forward on Net Neutrality

Net neutrality—the notion that all Internet traffic, regardless of its source or type, must be treated the same by Internet Service Providers (ISPs)—is back on…

Don’t Listen to the Polls: Why Obama Has More Room for Foreign Activism Than Polls Suggest

It’s become a truism that Americans have turned so far inward that they will not tolerate national security initiatives that carry a risk of major costs…

GSE Reform: Not So Fast

Like so many issues in Washington these days, the debate over what to do with the nation’s housing Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE)—Fannie Mae and Freddie…

Mandatory Interconnection: Should the FCC Serve as Internet Traffic Cop?

Since the agreement between Comcast and Netflix was struck in February 2014, several parties have called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate dealings…

Where are the Big Data Jobs?

The recent White House report on big data has garnered a great deal of public attention, both for its strong support for big data as…

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…