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    • Pre-K for All? Simple Keys to Maximizing Return on Investment and Avoiding Unintended Consequences 

      Taylor, Lori L. (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2014-05)
      The evidence suggests that the long-term benefits of a high-quality Pre-K program are substantial, regardless of whether the program is provided by a public school, a Head Start program, or a child care center. The near-term ...
    • Reaching More for Less: Modernizing US International Food Aid Programs 

      Natsios, Andrew (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2015-01)
      The Food for Peace program has saved millions of lives around the world for more than a half century and has been perhaps the most powerful and visible symbol of American generosity to those in need. The question is not ...
    • A Smart, Price-Based Energy Policy 

      Griffin, James M. (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2017-03)
      Energy policy in the United States is fatally flawed both in the process by which problems are identified and in the solutions that are chosen. It relies too heavily on subsidies, tax credits, grants, and mandates, when ...
    • Stop Playing Favorites with the Tax Code 

      Taylor, Lori L. (The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2011-01)
      The Great Recession has punched a gaping hole in state government budgets. California has a projected budget deficit of $21.3 billion for the 2012 fiscal year. Illinois has a projected shortfall of $17 billion; New ...
    • Striking a Workable Balance: Labor Provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership 

      Robertson, Raymond (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2015-12)
      Trade agreements have extended their reach far beyond simply reducing tariffs. One of the most controversial dimensions of modern trade agreements are labor standards. This brief explores the background and potential impact ...
    • Texas Cities in the Era of Government Transparency 

      Bearfield, Domonic; Bowman, Ann O'M (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2014-09)
      We are in the Era of Government Transparency. Recently, politicians from President Barack Obama to Texas Governor Rick Perry have touted a commitment to openness and transparency in their respective administrations. Citizens ...
    • Texas Groundwater: Dispelling Some Common Misconceptions 

      Griffin, James M. (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2018-04)
    • The Time for a Carbon Tax is Now 

      Griffin, James M.; Gawande, Kishore (The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2010-09)
      The U.S. needs to get its finances under control without resorting to the usual fixes of raising taxes and/or cutting spending, which would stymie recovery. The case for a carbon tax is a compelling one, given our current ...
    • A Time for Political Courage: The Federal Debt Crisis in 2014 

      Taylor, Lori L. (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2014-01)
      Like many Americans, Uncle Sam has a bad habit of spending more than he earns. The federal government’s total expenditures exceeded its total revenues in 36 of the last 40 years. In 2012, federal government revenues were ...
    • Two More Reasons Why the Federal Debt Matters 

      Robertson, Raymond (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2019-02)
    • Understanding China's Currency Manipulation 

      Skaff, Rebecca; Webb, Lincoln; Clahane, Kyle (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2018-03)
    • Voter Turnout in Texas: Can It Be Higher? 

      McKenzie, James (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2019-09)
    • The War on Poverty Needs a New Map 

      Taylor, Lori L.; Dar, Jawad (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2014-12)
      Since the start of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, the federal government has spent vast sums of money trying to lower U.S. poverty rates. Yet, despite the repeated allocation of massive financial resources, overall ...
    • Water Use for Hydraulic Fracturing: A Texas Sized Problem? 

      LeClere, David (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2014-12)
      The state of Texas could face a 2.7 trillion gallon shortfall of water by 2060. Hydraulic fracturing (HF) requires large amounts of water for each well. Tax incentives should be offered to companies that substitute brackish ...
    • When Equal is Not Equitable: Adjusting for Geographic Differences in Education Costs 

      Taylor, Lori L. (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2015-04)
      An educational dollar doesn’t stretch as far in some parts of the country as it does in others. School districts in high cost areas need additional dollars just to be able to purchase the same resources and hire the same ...
    • Why We Need the USMCA (the agreement formerly known as NAFTA) 

      Robertson, Raymond (Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics & Public Policy, 2018-11)