Policy Reports

Fiscal Policy, Theory and Measurement: The State of Wyoming

by Orphe Divounguy, Ph.D. and Rea S. Hederman Jr. February 09, 2017

Wyoming policymakers face many different decisions on how to change fiscal policy to improve growth or fund the government. Using a dynamic macroeconomic model to simulate the Wyoming economy, this paper examines several different policy scenarios where taxes can be raised or lowered to pay for more or less government spending. 

Review of Wyoming's Fiscal Health

by Orphe Divounguy, Ph.D., Rea S. Hederman Jr., Tracy C. Miller, Ph.D., and Joe Nichols February 09, 2017

Since 2008, the Wyoming economy has been contracting even as the overall United States economy has been expanding. Job creation is stagnant and Wyomingites are leaving the labor force. State tax revenues are shrinking with the state economy. The sharp downturn in energy commodities is the main culprit behind Wyoming’s downturn. 

Economic Freedom of North America 2016

December 16, 2016

Substantial research supports the conclusion that greater economic freedom leads to greater prosperity. This is the 12th edition of the Fraser Institute's annual report, which analyzes economic freedom by comparing 10 variables in 92 state and provincial governments in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The Buckeye Institute examined the data to provide an overview of economic freedom in Ohio. 


Returning Health Care Power to the States

by Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Dennis G. Smith September 21, 2016

In this paper, we recommend changes to the statutory and regulatory environments of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to allow states to pursue targeted, intermediate, and comprehensive reforms to strengthen their health insurance markets.

One Man, One Vote, One Time? Re-election Votes Hold Unions Accountable to Their Members

September 05, 2016

Unions exercise considerable power in the workplace. As the sole collective bargaining representative for a unionized workforce, unions negotiate wages, benefits, and working conditions. Yet the vast majority of union members had no say in selecting their union representatives.

Health Care Challenges That States Should Prepare to Face in 2017

by Rea S. Hederman Jr. June 08, 2016

Regardless of the outcome of the 2016 elections, states must prepare to deal with several health care policy challenges next year, including serious problems with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges and the large increase in Medicaid.

Economic Freedom of North America 2015

December 01, 2015

A significant body of research finds that economic freedom is positively correlated with desirable outcomes such as high per-capita income, economic growth and greater life expectancy. This is the eleventh edition of the Fraser Institute’s annual Economic Freedom report.

Expanding Access to Healthcare in Ohio

by Rea S. Hederman Jr. November 30, 2015

Ohio faces a shortage of affordable healthcare providers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated 133 “healthcare shortage areas” in Ohio, affecting over 12.2 million people.

Forbidden to Succeed: How Licensure Laws Hold Ohioans Back

by Tom Lampman November 18, 2015

A job is a stepping-stone to a better life for low-income Ohioans. Unfortunately, many moderate-income jobs in Ohio require hundreds of dollars in government licensure fees plus the completion of thousands of hours of training. 

Ohio’s Energy Mandate Supporters Fail to Make Their Case

by Joe Nichols September 17, 2015

On September 3, 2015, the House Democrats on the Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee released their “House Democratic Report on Our Diverse Energy Future” arguing that the state’s energy mandates should be reinstated.