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Benjamin Zycher, Author at Pacific Research Institute

Benjamin Zycher

Business & Economics

Yet Another Promise: The ACA and Entrepreneurship

Many were the benefits promised by supporters of the Affordable Care Act. If you like your doctor and health plan, you will be able to keep them. Health insurance premiums will fall by an average of $2500 per year for a typical family, even as coverage will be extended to ...
Business & Economics

Prospective Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Entrepreneurship

Many claims about the prospective effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)—positive, negative, and sometimes both—were made before and after its enactment on March 23,2010. Those assertions sometimes were based upon analytic findings, and sometimes on little more than political calculations. The actual effects cannot be known ...
Business & Economics

Startup Business Are America’s Best Job Creators

‘Small business” is the recipient of much official love (as well as heavy regulatory intrusion), but it receives its loudest applause as the supposed source of most employment growth. Alas, that conventional wisdom is incorrect: The modern scholarly literature finds that it is new (not small) businesses — startups — ...
Business & Economics

New Study Finds Startup Business Increases Growth of Real SGP

A new study examining the effect of net employment creation by startup businesses on state gross product was released today. Startup Businesses and the Growth of Real State Gross Product is authored by PRI senior fellow Benjamin Zycher, Ph.D. Dr. Zycher uses a sample of 49 states for the period ...
Business & Economics

Report: Costly state energy policies to raise California power costs by 33 percent

California has been a leader in Renewable Energy production, in part due to federal and state level policies that provide incentives for producers of renewable power. However, a new report found that California’s Energy policies will raise state power rates and associated costs by nearly 33 percent. The report by ...
Business & Economics

California’s 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard Will Raise Power Rates by 13 Percent

San Francisco – The Pacific Research Institute, a free-market think tank based in San Francisco, released a new report today that finds that California’s 33 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will impose upon the state in 2020 an aggregate marginal economic cost of about $5 billion in year 2011 dollars. ...
Business & Economics

Charity’s Unseen Benefit: It Protects Civil Society From The State

Charities and other nonprofit institutions perform a vast array of altruistic works yielding benefits for both the direct beneficiaries and for society writ large. Most such activities are obvious: medical services for the indigent, educational services for the disadvantaged, support for the arts, and the like. But such organizations serve ...
Business & Economics

Policy Analytics of the Tax Treatment of Charitable Contributions

San Francisco – The Pacific Research Institute, a free-market think tank based in San Francisco – today released the new report “Policy Analytics of the Tax Treatment of Charitable Contributions” authored by economist and PRI senior fellow Benjamin Zycher, Ph.D. Current proposals in Washington to change the favorable tax treatment ...
Business & Economics

Economists argue about sequestration’s effect on jobs

As a prominent analyst of the local economy, Stephen S. Fuller of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis attracted plenty of attention when he estimated that the mandatory budget cuts coming in January could cost more than 2 million jobs nationwide, including nearly 450,000 in the District, Maryland and ...
Commentary

Coal In Our Stockings: The Destruction of Medical Innovation

The holidays are fast approaching, and the “elves” are busy at the North Pole. No, not the presidential candidates. No, not the Capitol Hill pols. And no, not those unrelenting pursuers of objectivity and truth: the journalists. I refer instead to the bureaucrats, in particular those implementing the new “comparative ...
Business & Economics

Yet Another Promise: The ACA and Entrepreneurship

Many were the benefits promised by supporters of the Affordable Care Act. If you like your doctor and health plan, you will be able to keep them. Health insurance premiums will fall by an average of $2500 per year for a typical family, even as coverage will be extended to ...
Business & Economics

Prospective Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Entrepreneurship

Many claims about the prospective effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)—positive, negative, and sometimes both—were made before and after its enactment on March 23,2010. Those assertions sometimes were based upon analytic findings, and sometimes on little more than political calculations. The actual effects cannot be known ...
Business & Economics

Startup Business Are America’s Best Job Creators

‘Small business” is the recipient of much official love (as well as heavy regulatory intrusion), but it receives its loudest applause as the supposed source of most employment growth. Alas, that conventional wisdom is incorrect: The modern scholarly literature finds that it is new (not small) businesses — startups — ...
Business & Economics

New Study Finds Startup Business Increases Growth of Real SGP

A new study examining the effect of net employment creation by startup businesses on state gross product was released today. Startup Businesses and the Growth of Real State Gross Product is authored by PRI senior fellow Benjamin Zycher, Ph.D. Dr. Zycher uses a sample of 49 states for the period ...
Business & Economics

Report: Costly state energy policies to raise California power costs by 33 percent

California has been a leader in Renewable Energy production, in part due to federal and state level policies that provide incentives for producers of renewable power. However, a new report found that California’s Energy policies will raise state power rates and associated costs by nearly 33 percent. The report by ...
Business & Economics

California’s 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard Will Raise Power Rates by 13 Percent

San Francisco – The Pacific Research Institute, a free-market think tank based in San Francisco, released a new report today that finds that California’s 33 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will impose upon the state in 2020 an aggregate marginal economic cost of about $5 billion in year 2011 dollars. ...
Business & Economics

Charity’s Unseen Benefit: It Protects Civil Society From The State

Charities and other nonprofit institutions perform a vast array of altruistic works yielding benefits for both the direct beneficiaries and for society writ large. Most such activities are obvious: medical services for the indigent, educational services for the disadvantaged, support for the arts, and the like. But such organizations serve ...
Business & Economics

Policy Analytics of the Tax Treatment of Charitable Contributions

San Francisco – The Pacific Research Institute, a free-market think tank based in San Francisco – today released the new report “Policy Analytics of the Tax Treatment of Charitable Contributions” authored by economist and PRI senior fellow Benjamin Zycher, Ph.D. Current proposals in Washington to change the favorable tax treatment ...
Business & Economics

Economists argue about sequestration’s effect on jobs

As a prominent analyst of the local economy, Stephen S. Fuller of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis attracted plenty of attention when he estimated that the mandatory budget cuts coming in January could cost more than 2 million jobs nationwide, including nearly 450,000 in the District, Maryland and ...
Commentary

Coal In Our Stockings: The Destruction of Medical Innovation

The holidays are fast approaching, and the “elves” are busy at the North Pole. No, not the presidential candidates. No, not the Capitol Hill pols. And no, not those unrelenting pursuers of objectivity and truth: the journalists. I refer instead to the bureaucrats, in particular those implementing the new “comparative ...
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