Economic Analysis

Stimulus just way too big to spend this yearRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Mike Hicks
After much debate, the U.S. House and Senate have come together on a stimulus package. Whether it will work remains to be seen. And the long-term impact of spending nearly $800 billion is a big concern.
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Unemployment data paints worrisome pictureRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Mike Hicks
The most recent data on the U.S. economy continues to be worrying, but a little context remains helpful.
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Proposed fiscal stimulus package has high costsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Mike Hicks
Expeditious and clever spending on roads, infrastructure and, in the half-dozen states where it is possible, a tax cut will determine the success of the stimulus plan.
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'Sticky prices' help explain reasons behind downturnRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Mike Hicks
Many folks have noted that gasoline and food prices have come down more slowly than they rose. Economists call these "sticky prices," and they are a lot like the extra pounds many of us packed on during the holiday —they come off a lot more slowly than they came on.
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New leadership brings hope and challengesRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Mike Hicks
Growing up in the Washington, D.C., area, I always recognized the importance of Inauguration Day. Schools were canceled, and it was my younger brother's birthday. A new presidency was always a celebration.
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Speed is critical to success of stimulus planRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Mike Hicks
All the serious talk in Washington for the next few weeks will center on an economic stimulus package. Up to now, the argument has been for an extensive (perhaps a $1 trillion) program.
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College-affordability debate focusing on wrong issuesRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Mike Hicks
College affordability has gained a lot of attention over the past few years, but I am not sure that the simple focus on costs is the right way to think about the problem.
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UAW in tough spot as automakers seek concessionsRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Mike Hicks
A federal bailout for automakers Chrysler and General Motors won't fix their problems. I think a bankruptcy of these companies is nearly inevitable. It might also spell the demise of the UAW.
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Economist puts present economy in historical perspectiveRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Mike Hicks
The clouds of darkness will pass, fear will be removed, and the light of the season will linger in those who seek it.
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Steepest job losses of recession are occurring nowRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Mike Hicks
Ball State University's Indiana econometric model predicts that earnings in all of Indiana's major economic sectors except health care will decline in the next three months.
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Worst fallout to come in waning days of recessionRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Mike Hicks
The Dec. 1 announcement by the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research officially dated the recession back to the fourth quarter of 2007.
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Thanksgiving a time to reflect and cherish memoriesRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Mike Hicks
Holidays are great fun, but Thanksgiving brings the most memories.
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Budget cuts threaten local economic data analysisRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Morton Marcus
Budget cuts could eliminate programs that gather and analyze local and state economic data. This would hurt businesses and economic development officials, since they would not have the data that helps them see how their market differs from the state and the nation.
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Changes in public policy don't get at root of povertyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Mike Hicks
The fixes for poverty, and low-wage workers, are hard, deliberate and done family by family. This is why the cost of the welfare program reforms implemented in 1996 didn't plummet with lower enrollment.
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Economists research, analyze trendsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Mike Hicks
Most economists spend some time teaching, but the vast majority of our time is spent doing research.
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Duke founder Wynne loses out using company stock as collateralRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Greg Andrews
Retired businessman John Wynne, one of the founders of Duke Realty Corp., is the latest executive to get burned after using company stock as collateral for a multimillion-dollar loan in his investment account.
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Vote only if you've studied the issues carefullyRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Mike Hicks
If you haven't learned about the crucial issues that our country and state face, don't vote.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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