New America Policy Papers: 2007

Papers and other formal publications from our policy programs are available below. To jump to another year in the archives, please use the links at right.

Saving Promises

  • By
  • Alejandra Lopez-Fernandini,
  • Reid Cramer,
  • Rourke OBrien,
  • New America Foundation
December 19, 2007

For the first time since 1952, the absence of incumbents vying for the nomination of each major party has created a wide open race, one where the stakes are remarkably high. This has contributed to an extended campaign process that will last almost two years by the time the presidential election is held in November of 2008. While some lament the length of this campaign cycle, it has generated a great deal of activity in the policy arena as each candidate has sought to articulate their vision for America’s future and proposed policies that will help take us there.

The Philadelphia Story

  • By
  • Naveen Lakshmipathy,
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • Joshua Breitbart,
  • New America Foundation
December 11, 2007

Joshua Breitbart authored this report. Naveen Lakshmipathy compiled the appendixes, while Sascha Meinrath served as editor.

Who Are The Uninsured?

  • By
  • Elizabeth Carpenter,
  • Sarah Axeen,
  • New America Foundation
December 10, 2007

In the U.S., what region of the country has nearly half of all uninsured Americans? Are they employed? What is their economic background? How about their race? Who are the uninsured? To find out, click here.

To view Health Policy Program Director Len Nichol's related presentation, click here.

Unlicensed White Space Devices and Myth of Interference

  • By
  • Michael Calabrese,
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
December 9, 2007

"Smart" wireless devices can use the unassigned frequencies between broadcast TV channels to offer wireless broadband and other innovative services. A rulemaking is pending at the FCC (docket 04-186) to permit unlicensed access to this currently wasted spectrum, subject to technical requirements that will protect television reception from interference.

Health Debate Reality Check: The Role of Individual Requirements

  • By
  • Len Nichols,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Jonathan Gruber, MIT; and Mark V. Pauly, University of Pennsylvania
December 6, 2007

The good news is that presidential candidates in both parties are talking about making health insurance and care more affordable in lots of ways. The inevitable bad news is that a few key points have become confused in escalating campaign combat. We three health economists, not affiliated with any specific campaign, feel compelled to clarify what health policy research does and does not have to say about an issue central to current campaign debates, the role of an individual requirement to purchase insurance.

Back to Basics: A Pro-Growth Public Investment Strategy

  • By
  • Joel Kotkin,
  • New America Foundation
November 29, 2007

For more than a decade, rising asset prices have driven the economy, benefiting the wealthy but doing relatively little to improve either the economic status of the majority of Americans or the country’s overall competitiveness. Rising stock and housing prices created staggering short-term increases in wealth for some, but did little to bolster the nation’s preeminence in technology, industry, or agriculture.

Education Advance Appropriations

  • By
  • Jason Delisle,
  • New America Foundation
November 29, 2007

The Congressional Democratic majority has made increasing education funding a priority in its fiscal year 2008 spending plan. Their Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-H) appropriations conference agreement proposes increases in education for fiscal year 2008 that, if enacted, would result in one of the largest year-over-year increases (in nominal terms) in Department of Education funding since the No Child Left Behind Act was passed in 2002.

10 New Ideas for Early Education in the NCLB Reauthorization

  • By
  • Sara Mead,
  • New America Foundation
November 29, 2007

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) seeks to improve student learning and narrow academic achievement gaps that place low-income and minority students at a disadvantage relative to their affluent and white peers. Evidence shows that the roots of children’s academic success or failure are already firmly in place by third grade and as much as half of the black-white achievement gap already exists before children enter first grade.

The Assets and Transaction Account

  • By
  • Melissa Koide,
  • New America Foundation
November 16, 2007

Over the past two decades, policymakers, academics, and others have pursued an array of policies and strategies to help lower and middle income households to build savings and assets and access reasonably-priced financial products at mainstream institutions.  While some progress has been made, there have been few advances to delivering a high-value, affordable financial product at scale.

Asset-Based Welfare Policy in the U.K.

  • By
  • Reid Cramer,
  • New America Foundation
November 9, 2007

While traditional anti-poverty efforts have focused on maintaining a social safety net to protect the poor, there is a growing recognition that economic well-being hinges on a household’s ability to accumulate a wide range of assets. The value of assets is based not only on the economic security they provide but in how they enable people to make productive investments in their future. This approach has contributed to a wide range of policy proposals designed to help households build assets, including matched savings accounts, children’s accounts, and accessible saving plans.

The Macroeconomic Considerations of a Public Investment Strategy

  • By James K. Galbraith, University of Texas at Austin
November 8, 2007

When you arrive at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, now about a decade old, you find yourself at the terminus of the world’s fastest train, a magnetic levitation marvel designed in Germany that takes you downtown at speeds briefly touching 450 kilometers an hour. There is little vibration, not much noise. Only a monitor in the car and the landscape rushing past your window lets you know just how fast you are moving.

The American Social Contract: From Drift to Mastery

  • By
  • Mark Schmitt,
  • New America Foundation
November 1, 2007

Executive Summary

Our social contract -- the formal and informal, public and private arrangements by which we ensure economic security and opportunity -- has evolved over the course of American history in response to changing economic and political conditions and demographic realities. This evolutionary process, in which the balance between individual responsibility and the responsibilities of government, employers, and civil society has been struck and restruck, has proceeded in fits and starts.

Balancing Act: Creating a Sustainable Health Care Benefits Package

  • By Marjorie Ginsburg, Executive Director, Sacramento Health Care Decisions
November 1, 2007

Stakeholders of all stripes are at near-consensus on the importance of adequate health care coverage for all Americans. To date, steadily rising costs and the expanding ranks of the uninsured have led policymakers to concentrate on how to finance universal coverage. Communities and states that have succeeded in developing a workable financing structure are now faced with the equally challenging task of constructing a benefits package that is fair, affordable, and sustainable.

To Build or Not to Build?

  • By
  • William D. Hartung,
  • New America Foundation
October 18, 2007

Periodically the United States government reviews its doctrine on the strategic purpose and potential use of nuclear weapons. In keeping with its most recent Nuclear Posture Review, released in 2002, the Bush administration has proposed a revision of the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. foreign policy.

Budget Update: The Fiscal Year Begins With Plenty Left to Accomplish

  • By
  • Maya MacGuineas,
  • New America Foundation
October 18, 2007

The new fiscal year began on Oct. 1, without a single appropriations bill completed. Instead, operations are being funded by a continuing resolution (CR) that sets discretionary funding at current levels and is in place through November 16. The measure also temporarily extended some programs that were set to expire at fiscal year-end including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), food stamps, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Public Policy Ideas to Improve Financial Education and Help Consumers Make Wise Financial Decisions

  • By
  • Ellen Seidman,
  • Karen Murrell,
  • Melissa Koide,
  • New America Foundation
October 17, 2007

Although the number of financial education programs has grown over the last decade, few policies have been enacted to evaluate, support and expand effective financial education and increase financial capability. Although the government is not the only entity that can help improve financial education, there is an important role for the government sector to play that complements the efforts of the private sector, the nonprofit sector, and the efforts of individuals to take personal responsibility to access financial education.

Budget Showdown 2007: The Facts Behind Education Funding

  • By
  • Heather Rieman,
  • New America Foundation
October 4, 2007

The White House and Congress are approaching a major budget debate that could markedly influence federal education funding. This is the first budget cycle since 2000 during which different political parties control the Executive Branch and both chambers of Congress. The federal budget and appropriations process is rarely without acrimony, but this year’s battle may be especially rancorous.

Foreign Investment and Sovereign Wealth Funds

  • By
  • Douglas Rediker,
  • Heidi Crebo-Rediker,
  • New America Foundation
October 3, 2007

The amount of money now held by governments around the world both in reserves and through sovereign wealth funds (“SWFs”) represents the largest concentration of investment capital the world has ever known. Their sheer size and expected rate of growth raise important issues regarding both the origin of this wealth and how it is to be invested. The origin of these funds rests on two main factors: the global imbalances between debtor nations (like the U.S.) and surplus nations (like China), and the rise of state-owned commodity (oil) funds.

A Citizen's Guide to the ASPIRE Act

  • By
  • David Newville,
  • Reid Cramer,
  • New America Foundation
October 1, 2007

Introduction in the 111th Congress is Currently Pending

Section Titles

ASPIRE Act Frequently Asked Questions

  • By
  • Ray Boshara,
  • Reid Cramer,
  • New America Foundation
October 1, 2007

The attached document answers the following questions about the America Saving for Personal Investment, Retirement, and Education (ASPIRE) Act:

Programs:

Analyzing the Relationship Between Account Ownership and Financial Education

  • By Christi Baker; Doug Dylla
September 17, 2007

Account ownership and financial knowledge are understood to be critical components of financial stability and wealth accumulation. Presumably, combining financial education and accounts reinforces the positive effects of each on the other and enhances the recipient’s financial well being. To date, however, no testing of this hypothesis has been undertaken. This report sets out to do that.

The Stress of Balancing Work and Family

  • By
  • David Gray,
  • Kelleen Kaye,
  • New America Foundation
September 17, 2007

Executive Summary

American families confront major challenges in balancing work and family life. Workers report that they would prefer fewer hours, while new technological capabilities require parents to bring more job responsibilities home with them. Mothers and fathers encounter strain in work and home environments alike. Polling and surveillance data confirm that the balance between work and family care needs attention. Some of the most quantifiable and severe costs of this burden on families are adverse health outcomes.

Petition for Reconsideration to FCC on Digital Radio Band White Space

  • By Institute for Public Representation, Georgetown Law Center
September 14, 2007

The FCC should reconsider its decision to allow incumbent radio licensees to expand into neighboring spectrum without imposing additional public interest requirements. The Second Report & Order is premised on the unexamined and unsupported assumption that the Commission is not assigning new spectrum for mutually exclusive commercial uses to incumbent licensees.

Coverage Without Gaps

  • By
  • Len Nichols,
  • Peter Harbage,
  • New America Foundation
September 13, 2007

In America’s fragmented health care system, too many individuals and families lack continuous access to health insurance. Overwhelming evidence shows that lacking health insurance leads to decreased access to quality care and reduces health status. The widely shared social and economic losses from these problems compound the cost of thousands of lives lost every year due to lack of health insurance and consequently access to care. In this context, health reform that ensures every individual and family seamless health insurance is more a matter of stewardship than of charity.

The Feasibility of Unlicensed Broadband Devices to Operate on TV Band 'White Space' Without Causing Harmful Interference

  • By
  • Michael Calabrese,
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
September 10, 2007

In May 2004, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to allow a new generation of wireless devices to use vacant TV frequencies (so-called “white spaces”) on an unlicensed basis and thereby promote more effective use of the public airwaves.

The Art of Spectrum Lobbying

  • By
  • J.H. Snider,
  • New America Foundation
August 31, 2007

Introduction

In the late 1980s, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) conducted a series of lotteries to allocate electromagnetic spectrum (popularly known as the “public airwaves”) for mobile telephone service. More than 320,000 lottery tickets were acquired by spectrum speculators, including dentists, lawyers, accountants, and anyone else willing to devote the time and hire the legal talent necessary to fill out the complicated form to acquire a lottery ticket.

Open Access for the 700 MHz Auction

  • By Simon Wilkie, Director, Center for Communication Law and Policy, University of Southern California
July 23, 2007

In this report, I analyze the competitive effects of recent proposals to reserve a small portion of the upcoming 700 MHz band auction for wholesale, open-access use.[i] Using this license, a wholesale open-access licensee would build out the wireless network, own and operate the cell sites, towers, and radio equipment, and provide transport to the Internet backbone.

A Citizen-Based Social Contract

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
July 20, 2007

Executive Summary

In the 20th century, Americans adopted a new "social contract" -- a support system to help provide every American with the basic security and goods considered necessary to enjoy a productive and enterprising life. Under a sound social contract, access to these goods should not depend on where you work, where you live, or what you believe. At its best, the American social contract is citizen-based.

A Sustainable Health System for All Americans

  • By
  • Len Nichols,
  • New America Foundation
July 20, 2007

Executive Summary

America’s health care system fails to meet the standards set by its peers around the world. It delivers substandard patient care far too often, leaves tens of millions uninsured, and its rising cost growth threatens the foundations of our economy and society. Unless we move toward comprehensive, system-wide reform, we will continue to waste billions of dollars and thousands of lives every year in a health care system that is riddled with ineffi ciencies.

Why Not More Focus on Children?

  • By
  • David Gray,
  • Justin King,
  • New America Foundation
July 11, 2007

The 2008 presidential primary season is shaping up as one unprecedented in American history. Fund-raising reports from the first two quarters of 2007 demonstrate the breakneck pace with which this latest presidential season has begun. Fund-raisers aren’t alone in setting a new pace, as state after state has moved up the date of its Presidential primary in a bid for increased influence.

What Your Car Can Teach You About Health Reform

  • By
  • Peter Harbage,
  • New America Foundation
July 9, 2007

Analysts largely agree that if you want everyone to have health insurance, you’re going to have to require it. “Individual mandates” to purchase health insurance would also help insurance markets work better than they do now, since insurers would then find it far easier to attract a balance of high and low risks if all had to buy something. Therefore they would need to do far less medical underwriting (risk evaluation) and targeted marketing, and that would lower the cost of insurance to us all.

Growing Support for Shared and Personal Responsibility in Health Care

  • By
  • Peter Harbage,
  • New America Foundation
June 30, 2007

Fear is a powerful force. Families fear the disappearance of affordable health insurance, employers fear international competition while financing high and rising health care costs at home, and providers fear that they will not be able to deliver needed care for lack of funding. In short, just about everyone fears that our system will fall apart. Instead of taking action, many politicians remain fearful of tackling health care reform, since it crushed the Clintons and others before them.

Spectrum Policy for the Emerging Ultrabroadband World

  • By
  • J.H. Snider,
  • New America Foundation
June 22, 2007

Imagine a world with finite spectrum but infinite demand for wireless bandwidth. In such a world, which we shall call the ?wireless ultrabroadband world, what would the wireless telecommunications architecture look like? And what type of property rights regime would accompany it?

Wholesale Open Access and Anonymous Bidding

June 18, 2007

In the coming weeks, the FCC will set the bidding and service rules for the auction of the 700MHz spectrum freed up by the DTV transition—“beachfront” airwaves ideal for the provision of high-speed wireless broadband services. This last big sale of prime spectrum is expected to raise $10 to $20 billion in federal revenue.

Voter Education and Outreach in San Francisco to Implement IRV

June 17, 2007

San Francisco voters approved Proposition A in March 2002 that adopted instant runoff voting (also known as ranked choice voting) to elect local offices in San Francisco. The first election occurred in November 2004. For that election, the Board of Supervisors funded and the Department of Elections conducted a voter education and outreach campaign leading up to the first election. Approximately $750,000 was spent by the Department of Elections to educate the 440,000 registered voters in San Francisco.

No Worker Left Behind

  • By
  • David Gray,
  • New America Foundation
June 15, 2007

Why aren’t Republican presidential candidates talking more about job training?

Wherever they go on the campaign trail, candidates are asked about off-shoring, layoffs, and wages. Despite the strong U.S. economy and near full employment, middle class anxiety is real.

Spectrum Auction Breakdown

  • By Gregory Rose, Consulting Economist
June 1, 2007

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spectrum auctions can seem arcane and technical, but in fact, auctions for exclusive licenses to use the public airwaves determine the future of American telecommunications. FCC auctions shape the competitive structure of markets and, ultimately, who controls entire industries—from broadcasting, to telephony, to wireless broadband services—that are increasingly central to U.S. productivity growth, consumer welfare, and global competitiveness.

Estimating the 'Hidden Tax' on Insured Californians Due to the Care Needed and Received by the Uninsured

  • By
  • Len Nichols,
  • Peter Harbage,
  • New America Foundation
May 21, 2007

The report released today by the Hoover Institution confirms that insured families across California pay a "hidden tax" to provide uncompensated health care to the uninsured. The existence of this "hidden tax" is no longer in dispute; what's under debate is its magnitude, which is hard to measure precisely because it is "hidden."

This memo describes the range of estimates that various experts have made, highlights some of the reasons for differing judgments, and then lets the reader draw his or her own conclusions about the reasonable range of hidden tax estimates.

The Key to NCLB Success: Getting it Right From the Start

May 21, 2007

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Access to quality pre-kindergarten (PK) programs varies widely among and within states. While PK enrollment is growing, large disparities in access and quality threaten to undermine the capacity of early childhood education to close achievement gaps. Research shows that at-risk children can catch up to their non-disadvantaged peers by participating in highquality PK programs that are linked to K-3 structures. However, fewer than half of children ages 3 and 4 engage in some type of early childhood education—before quality is taken into account.

The New Markets Tax Credit

  • By
  • Ellen Seidman,
  • New America Foundation
April 22, 2007

In an era of declining federal resources dedicated to economic development, the New Markets Tax Credit stands out as a success story and a particular boon for metropolitan areas, which have received the majority of credits to date. Despite its complexity and initial doubts about whether it could be effectively implemented, it has shown signs of providing an important extra boost to many types of development in underserved urban and rural communities.

Egypt: Respond to the Needs of Iraqi Refugees

  • By
  • Nir Rosen,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Kristele Younes, senior advocate, Refugees International
April 12, 2007

Over two million Iraqi refugees have fled their country’s borders since the American-led invasion that overthrew the regime of Saddam Hussein. Although the largest concentrations are in Syria and Jordan, up to 150,000 Iraqis have settled in Egypt. Wary of the massive influx experienced in Syria and Jordan, the Egyptian authorities have reportedly closed their door to new Iraqis and have not granted those Iraqis who have made it to Egypt any official status or access to social services.

The Assets Agenda 2007

  • By
  • Ray Boshara,
  • Reid Cramer,
  • Rourke OBrien,
  • New America Foundation
April 11, 2007

America’s personal savings rate has been negative for the last two years, a dubious economic feat not achieved since the Great Depression. While many Americans own assets, most of our public policies that support savings and ownership leave out those who own little or nothing. If we are to successfully broaden savings and assets ownership, our policy efforts must be expanded, strengthened, and targeted to those with the greatest need.

Iraq: Fix the Public Distribution System To Meet Needs Of the Displaced

  • By
  • Nir Rosen,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Kristele Younes, senior advocate, Refugees International
April 10, 2007

Iraq’s internally displaced are in desperate need of assistance as the Public Distribution System (PDS) that they and other Iraqis depend on for food and fuel is broken. Poor management is to blame for its shortcomings, as well as terrible security and a general lack of political will on the part of the Government of Iraq to acknowledge the scope of the crisis. With the central government unable or at times unwilling to protect and assist Iraqi civilians, donor governments must step in to fill the gaps.

Instant Runoff Voting for the City of Los Angeles

  • By
  • Steven Hill,
  • New America Foundation
April 10, 2007

Overview

The City of Los Angeles currently uses a two-round runoff system to elect its mayor, city attorney, city council and controller. One election is held in early March, and if no candidate wins a majority of the vote, a second election between the top two finishers is held in May. Voter participation is usually low, with only 10 percent of registered voters participating in the March 6, 2007 election. In addition, LA taxpayers pay millions of dollars for administering the second election.

Budget Update: Congress' Tough Choices

  • By
  • Maya MacGuineas,
  • New America Foundation
April 6, 2007

Now that the House and Senate have passed their budget resolutions, they will begin the process of trying to resolve outstanding difference in conference. The two resolutions are quite similar to each other, though they are substantially different from what the President has proposed. It appears likely that the differences will be able to be worked out in conference and the budget passed in a timely manner.

Is The United States Losing Turkey?

  • By
  • Rajan Menon,
  • New America Foundation
  • and S. Enders Wimbush, Hudson Institute
March 26, 2007

On February 5th and 6th, 2007, the Hudson Institute, with support from the Smith Richardson Foundation, convened a small workshop of noted specialists on Turkey, Europe, and international security to assess the state of America’s alliance with Turkey and, more specifically, to ascertain whether the United States risks “losing” Turkey as a long-time and critical ally.

The Assets Report 2007

  • By
  • Ray Boshara,
  • Reid Cramer,
  • Rourke OBrien,
  • New America Foundation
March 1, 2007

The purpose of this annual report is to summarize and take stock of the current state of federal policy through an asset-building lens, especially as it affects the asset base of families with lower incomes and fewer resources, which is the focus of our work. The report is divided into three sections.

Pre-Registration at Age 16

February 21, 2007

THE PROBLEM

In California, nearly a third of eligible voters – about 6.7 million Californians – are not registered to vote.Of particular concern is that young people are more negatively impacted by our voter registation system than other demographic groups. In 2004, a presidential election year, just over half of eligible Californians between 18 and 24 years of age were registered to vote (and in nonpresidential elections that rate is even lower). This lack of civic participation is a threat to good governance and a healthy democracy.

Eliminating the CalWORKS Asset Limit

  • By
  • Olivia Calderon,
  • Rourke OBrien,
  • New America Foundation
February 20, 2007

For families making the difficult transition from welfare to work, developing assets is critical to achieving true economic independence. In order to prevent a complete backslide to public assistance, low income working families must begin to develop their own safety nets through personal saving for use in the event of an unexpected income shock due to illness or temporary unemployment.

Expanding Homeownership in California

  • By
  • Olivia Calderon,
  • New America Foundation
February 20, 2007

California ranks second to last (ahead of New York) among US states in the percent of households who own their own homes (2005 ACS). Only 57% of Californian households are homeowners, compared to over 70% nationally. As Figure 1 illustrates, this current gap is representative of a persistent growing trend; as homeownership rates have risen nationally, California has failed to keep pace.

Promoting Tax Time Saving

  • By
  • Olivia Calderon,
  • New America Foundation
February 19, 2007

California should amend its state income tax forms to allow filers to purchase savings bonds -- for themselves or their children—with a portion of their refunds. By making it easier for Californians to save part of their hard-earned refunds, policymakers can help families build the personal safety nets they need to thrive in today’s economy. With this change, California would lead the nation in harnessing tax time savings to build families’ economic security.

California Kids Accounts

  • By
  • Olivia Calderon,
  • New America Foundation
February 19, 2007

What difference would it make if every Californian grew up knowing that she or he had a nest egg to go to college or buy a home? What benefits would accrue to individuals, families, and California as a whole? California can find out by creating California KIDS accounts.

Banking Development Districts

  • By
  • Olivia Calderon,
  • New America Foundation
February 19, 2007

To help un-banked Californians to open bank accounts and enter the financial mainstream, California policy makers should consider creating Banking Development Districts. New York State created these special districts to provide incentives to encourage banks to locate in communities that lack conventional financial institutions and offer enhanced products and services

Wireless Net Neutrality: Cellular Carterfone and Consumer Choice in Mobile Broadband

  • By Tim Wu, Professor, Columbia University School of Law
February 15, 2007

Issue Update (2-21-2007): VoIP provider Skype has filed a petition with the FCC to ensure that Carterfone rules apply to commercial wireless networks, citing Tim Wu's paper on Wireless Net Neutrality.  

Below is an Executive Summary.  The full paper is linked below, in PDF format.  

 

Budget Update --The President’s FY 2008 Budget

  • By
  • Maya MacGuineas,
  • New America Foundation
February 7, 2007

Our first impressions of the President’s just-submitted FY 2008 budget are:

We are pleased the president is embracing the goal of a balanced budget, but it is important to note the following:

While the budget shows the deficit declining in each year and reaching surplus in 2012, the net effect of the policies in the budget would worsen the fiscal picture by $474 billion over five years.

Ten Big Ideas for a New America

February 2, 2007

The recent turnover in Congress, combined with a wide open presidential election cycle, creates a rare opportunity to bring new ideas into the political process. The spirit of this new era will be captured by those-from either party or no party-who embrace innovative yet pragmatic solutions to the foremost challenges facing our nation. We offer this collection of Big Ideas as fuel for an overdue bipartisan debate about how to update our national policies for the common good.

Instant Runoff Voting

  • By
  • Steven Hill,
  • New America Foundation
February 1, 2007

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Mandatory, Affordable Health Insurance

  • By
  • Len Nichols,
  • New America Foundation
February 1, 2007

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Every Baby a Trust Fund Baby

  • By
  • Ray Boshara,
  • New America Foundation
February 1, 2007

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An Energy Efficiency Trading System

  • By
  • Lisa Margonelli,
  • New America Foundation
February 1, 2007

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Closing the $700 Billion Tax Loophole

  • By
  • Maya MacGuineas,
  • New America Foundation
February 1, 2007

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Tax Consumption, Not Work

  • By
  • Maya MacGuineas,
  • New America Foundation
February 1, 2007

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Terrorism: A Brief for Americans

  • By Richard W. Vague
February 1, 2007

Introduction

A Capital Budget for Public Investment

  • By
  • Sherle R. Schwenninger,
  • New America Foundation
February 1, 2007

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A Universal 401(k) Plan

  • By
  • Michael Calabrese,
  • New America Foundation
February 1, 2007

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Programs:

A College Access Contract

  • By
  • Michael Dannenberg,
  • New America Foundation
February 1, 2007

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Quantifying the Impact of Unlicensed Devices on Digital TV Receivers

  • By Paul Kolodzy, Kolodzy Consulting; Michael Marcus, Marcus Spectrum Solutions; Daniel DePardo, Joseph B. Evans, James A. Roberts, Victor R. Petty, Alexander M. Wyglinski, Information & Telecommunication Technology Center, University of Kansas
January 31, 2007

ABSTRACT

Can Cognitive Radio Operating in the TV White Spaces Completely Protect Licensed TV Broadcasting?

  • By Mark A. Sturza, President, 3C Systems Company; Farzad Ghazvinian, Consultant
January 30, 2007

This study and report were produced with funding from Microsoft Corporation.

Policy Background

Universal Risk Insurance

  • By
  • Jacob Hacker,
  • New America Foundation
January 29, 2007

In recent decades there has been a massive transfer of economic risk from shared institutional arrangements, such as unemployment insurance and basic benefit coverage provided by employers, onto the fragile balance sheets of families. Yet public programs have largely failed to respond.

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