• Research Report

    A Start on Malpractice: Senate legislation contains useful ideas & bad ones

    September 23, 2003
    The North Carolina Senate held a special session in mid-September to pass a bill reforming the state’s treatment of medical-malpractice issues. A key element of the legislation — instigating expert review of malpractices claims before trial and imposing a related “loser pays” rule to discourage frivolous lawsuits — would be a welcome improvement. But some of the bill’s other provisions, including price controls and subsidized insurance, are much less attractive.
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    Most NC Students Aren’t in Schools of Choice

    September 18, 2003
    RALEIGH — Most elementary and middle-school students in North Carolina do not attend a school chosen by their parents, according to a new study from the North Carolina Education Alliance…
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    Senate Bill a “Mixed Bag” on Malpractice

    September 15, 2003
    RALEIGH — The medical-malpractice legislation likely to emerge from the North Carolina Senate this week “is a mixed bag” from the standpoint of reformers, according to a preliminary analysis by…
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    Choice in North Carolina Education: 2003

    September 14, 2003
    A 2003 report from JLF and the NC Education Alliance looked at the availability and use of parental choice in the state. In 69 of 117 districts, parents had no public-school choice options. Eighty-seven percent of students in grades 3 to 8 attended public schools, with about 15 percent of all 3-8 students were enrolled in a public school of choice (including charters). About 6 percent of 3rd to 8th grade students were home schooled, and another 7 percent attended a private school outside the home.
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    Merger’s Unproven Case: Benefits from larger school districts aren’t apparent

    September 7, 2003
    It‘s been a decade since a contentious merger of three Guilford school districts, and now merger disputes are underway in Orange and Cleveland counties. Unfortunately for merger advocates, the evidence is thin that creating larger school districts improves efficiency or learning. Indeed, some studies suggest that district mergers result in more non-instructional spending and actually hurt student achievement, particularly for those in lower-income communities.
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    State Tour on Choice to Begin

    August 24, 2003
    RALEIGH — To what extent do North Carolina parents enjoy a choice of schools for their children — and how often do they use it? This question addresses one of…
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    Come Joins Us In The Locker Room

    August 20, 2003
    A Special Message from the Desk Of John Hood: I’m writing today to alert you and other regular visitors to the John Locke Foundation’s web sites — including Carolina…
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    Carolina Journal Radio Hits Airwaves

    August 19, 2003
    RALEIGH — The John Locke Foundation’s influential monthly journal of news, analysis, and commentary on North Carolina issues is now available in a new format: a weekly radio newsmagazine. “Carolina…
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    New Report Gets NC Air Quality Wrong

    August 18, 2003
    RALEIGH — A new report by the Surface Transportation Policy Project is garnering attention from policymakers and the news media despite the fact that it “clearly misleads the public” said…
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    The Economics of Intellectual Property

    July 31, 2003
    Defining and protecting intellectual property, generally referred to as patents and copyrights, and trademarks have been legal and political endeavors for at least the last several hundred years. In the United States, protections of intellectual property are enshrined in the Constitution. This paper discusses the concept of intellectual property from an economic perspective.