Taxes, Religion, And Education: How Much Are We Willing to Pay for Choice?

In 1976, my first-grade public school teacher in Kansas led our class in the Pledge of Allegiance each morning. She followed it with a recitation of The Lord’s Prayer. (I didn’t know the words and mumbled along as best I could.) In 1983, I shared that experience with my eighth-grade social studies teacher in Wisconsin. … Read more

Better Ways to Use Synthetic Controls to Model State and Local Tax Policy

The synthetic control method (SCM) is a relatively new and valuable tool that makes it possible to measure state or local policy against a theoretical baseline, when a real basis for comparison doesn’t exist. Because the technique is constantly evolving, we wrote “An Update on the Synthetic Control Method as a Tool to Understand State … Read more