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Cigarette Taxes and Smoking: Will Higher Taxes Yield a Public Benefit?

Kevin Callison and Robert Kaestner
December 1, 2014

In this article, we summarize a study we conducted that focuses on the effect of recent, large cigarette tax increases on the smoking behavior of adults ages 18–74.

SNAP Failure: The Food Stamp Program Needs Reform

Michael Tanner
October 16, 2013

In this policy analysis, Cato Institute Senior Fellow Michael Tanner examines the failure of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), calling the food stamp program “America’s fastest

The Federal Emergency Management Agency: Floods, Failures, and Federalism

Chris Edwards
November 18, 2014

The National Flood Insurance Program's subsidies are spurring development in flood-prone areas, which in turn is increasing the damage caused by floods and hurricanes.

An Innovative Approach to Land Registration in the Developing World: Using Technology to Bypass the Bureaucracy

Peter F. Schaefer and Clayton Schaefer
December 3, 2014

The CATO institute proposes using technology to establish tenure or at least nascent property rights for the poor in developing countries in which establishing property rights through traditio

Our Weird Energy Politics

August 4, 2014

What is it about the weather that compels our government to ineptly dictate how we produce electricity and consume energy?

Policy Implications of Autonomous Vehicles

Randal O'Toole
September 18, 2014

Autonomous or driverless vehicles - cars, trucks, busses, etc. - will transform the 21st century like mass-produced automobiles remade the 20th century.

The Evidence on Universal Preschool

David J. Armor
October 15, 2014

Calls for universal preschool programs have become commonplace, reinforced by President Obama’s call for “high-quality preschool for all” in 2013.

Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors 2014

Chris Edwards
October 6, 2014

The Cato Institute's 2014 Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors grades the nation’s 29 Republican and 21 Democratic governors on their respective tax and spending policies enacted since

Economic Freedom of the World: 2014 Annual Report

James Gwartney
October 8, 2014

This report, co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute in Canada and over 70 other think tanks around the world, seeks to quantify and compare the economic freedom of the world's nat

Regulating a Less Unhealthy Cigarette

October 6, 2014

This article argues that the FDA jeopardizes public health by not developing an appropriate benefit-cost analysis of the proposed rule.  The FDA “anticipates,” without quan

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