Listed below are selected readings about spending and the deficit, and if you really want to dive in, a lengthy list of relevant Policy Studies, Articles, Books, and other Resource Links. The listing of Books is broken down by area of spending and topic.

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      Benson, Bruce L., ed. 2010. Property Rights: Eminent Domain and Regulatory Takings Re-Examined. New York: Palgrave Macmillan for The Independent Institute.

      Holcombe, Randall G. and Benjamin Powell, eds. 2009. Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers for The Independent Institute.

      Liebowitz, Stan. 2008. Anatomy of a Train Wreck: Causes of the Mortgage Meltdown. Oakland, Calif.: The Independent Institute.

      Lopéz, Edward, Edward P. Stringham and Tom Means. 2007. Below-Market Housing Mandates as Takings: Measuring Their Impact. Oakland, Calif.: The Independent Institute.

      O’Toole, Randal. 2006. The Planning Penalty: How Smart Growth Makes Housing Unaffordable. Oakland, Calif.: The Independent Institute.

      Sowell, Thomas. 2010. The Housing Boom and Bust: Revised Edition. New York: Basic Books.

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