Fiscal Insights Series

Articles from Distinguished Research Fellows Explore Fiscal Challenges

In this series, BFI's Distinguished Research Fellows share research-based articles exploring policy questions around debt, wages, taxes and inflation.

The views expressed in these articles are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Becker Friedman Institute. 


Creating a More Efficient Insurance Market in the United States: Goals and Challenges 
by Pierre Andre-Chiappori and Maxim Pinkovskiy
Exploring the performance of the US health insurance system over recent decades and highlighting key issues for consideration in reforming the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Honoring Public Debts
by Thomas J. Sargent
Viewing the past through the lens of government bonds, Sargent shows how the interest of bondholders can have a strong influence on government policy, from how treaties are written to decisions around going to war.

A Pro-Growth Tax Structure 
by Edward Lazear
A more efficient tax code is the key to stronger economic growth and our children's future, Lazear writes.

The Radical Implications of Stable Quiet Inflation at the Zero Bound
by John Cochrane
The zero bound is not an obvious "state variable" for economic analysis, Cochrane writes.