Economic Analysis columnist
Hicks is director of Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research and an associate professor of economics. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Virginia Military Institute, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Tennessee. He has been on the faculty at Tennessee, Marshall University and the Air Force Institute of Technology. Hicks has written two books, more than 25 scholarly papers and over 100 technical reports. His work extends from the economic consequences of Hurricane Katrina and Wal-mart in local communities, to state taxation and federal environmental policy. He has testified before the U.S. Senate, several state legislatures and in federal and state courts. Hicks is an Army Reserve officer with 24 years of service, including combat and peacekeeping tours. He’s married to the former Janet Thomas, and has a daughter and two sons.