Economic Analysis

HICKS: Productivity gains make for jobless recovery

February 19, 2011
Mike Hicks
It is an old story, but a nevertheless disheartening one. It is also a tale rich in its implications for young workers.
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HICKS: Trimming government fat tough, but necessaryRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Mike Hicks
Recognizing inefficiency in government is far more difficult than rhetoric suggests. The private sector has the blessing of the profits to guide decisions.
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HICKS: Deciphering economy a confusing pursuitRestricted Content

February 4, 2011
Mike Hicks
A casual observer of news about economic indicators has more than enough reason to be puzzled.
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HICKS: President should focus on reducing debt burdenRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Mike Hicks
What worried me most about the president’s speech was not what he said, but what he didn’t.
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HICKS: Earmarks need overhaul, but they aren't entirely badRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Mike Hicks
Our influential senior senator, Richard Lugar, and 6th District congressman, Mike Pence, disagree on an outright ban on earmarks. This is a rare case in which the differing concerns of both men are right.
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HICKS: Civility matters, but don't blame murder on wordsRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Mike Hicks
In the wake of the shooting, the loudest debate centers on the heated level of political discourse and its presumed effect on a shooter.
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HICKS: Economist job more exciting than most think

January 8, 2011
Mike Hicks
Recently, my wife has stopped calling me an economist. It is too hard to explain what I do, so she calls me a professor (which has far more cool points to Harry Potter or Gilligan’s Island fans).
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HICKS: Why economic forecasting is inexact scienceRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Mike Hicks
Forecasts are primarily used as a tool to begin, not end, conversations about business and government matters.
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HICKS: Let's fight poverty, but also keep it in perspective

December 25, 2010
Mike Hicks
There is a certain poignant irony in the U.S. Census Bureau’s release of 2010 poverty statistics this Christmas week. It reminds us that, behind the green eyeshades of professional data collectors, the folks at the Census Bureau have an acute marketing sense.
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HICKS: Inflation delays visit, but it'll arrive eventuallyRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mike Hicks
All economists know that, at its core, inflation is caused solely by too much money chasing too few goods.
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HICKS: Tax-cut proposal probably a good compromiseRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Mike Hicks
The Bush tax cuts in particular are politically charged. Many people want to see the rich taxed at higher rates, with little regard for the impact on the economy.
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HICKS: The high costs of an over-lawyered societyRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Mike Hicks
Estimates of the private-sector costs of civil litigation top out at about 2 percent of our gross domestic product, so for every $50 spent in the United States, $1 goes to support legal costs and settlements.
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HICKS: Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber MondayRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Mike Hicks
The holiday season in the United States has morphed into a time of concentrated purchases.
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HICKS: Discounting the future when making public policyRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Mike Hicks
As you will learn in any good high school economics class, everyone values the future less than the present.
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HICKS: Educators must acknowledge need for reformRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Mike Hicks
Fixing schools won’t be easy, but it begins with an honest realization of the problem—not mendacious malarkey.
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HICKS: Fed 'easing' into another stimulus planRestricted Content

November 6, 2010
Mike Hicks
Federal legislation dating from the Truman administration compels the Fed to try to achieve the lowest possible levels of unemployment and inflation. Unfortunately, minimizing both is not possible.
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This election, take note of 'opportunity cost'

October 30, 2010
Mike Hicks
I think it is an idea that separates those who make decisions from those who want to talk about them and, in application, is an idea that distinguishes serious from unserious people.
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HICKS: Early-childhood education benefits the economyRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Mike Hicks
Plunging into the economics of diapers and pre-literacy programs hardly filled me with gleeful anticipation (though for the record I am a wicked-good diaper changer).
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HICKS: Why the stimulus didn't stimulate enoughRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
Mike Hicks
The failure of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to deliver us from high unemployment will provide research grist for economists for decades to come.
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HICKS: Getting a driver's license in five not-so-easy steps

October 9, 2010
Mike Hicks
He had been previously licensed to drive an M1 Tank and various smaller-tracked and -wheeled vehicles. Obtaining an Indiana license, he thought, would be easy. It was not.
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HICKS: An inconvenient truth about teachers' unionsRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Mike Hicks
From what I have seen and read, this documentary is destined to change radically our perception of schools, and those who stand in the way of fixing them.
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HICKS: The end of a recession doesn't feel like oneRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Mike Hicks
It is good to look back on the recession and think about where we've been and how this recession stacked up against others.
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HICKS: Variables cloud business-location question

September 18, 2010
Mike Hicks
The problem is that the reasons for business-location decisions change from time to time.
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HICKS: Income tax debate looms over next election

September 11, 2010
Mike Hicks
The expiration of the Bush tax cuts this January will further slow the economy, perhaps deeply.
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HICKS: Most majors pay off, but some a lot more than othersRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Mike Hicks
There is clearly something important about the totality of what is learned in college, but, if you want to apply all those upper-level classes in your major, you'd better study hard or pick the right field.
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  1. Now if he'd just stay there...

  2. Daniel - what about the many US citizens who do NOT follow what the Bible teaches? The Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others who are all American citizens entitled to all rights as Americans?? This issue has NOTHING to do with "What the Bible says..." Keep all Churches separate from State! Pence's ongoing idiocy continues to make Indiana look like a backwards, homophobic state in the eyes of our nation. Can't we move on to bigger issues - like educating our kids?

  3. 1. IBJ should link to the referenced report. We are in the age of electronic media...not sharing information is lazy. Here is a link http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Blue_Ribbon_Panel_Report_July_9_2014.pdf 2. The article should provide more clarity about the make-up of this panel. The commenters are making this item out to be partisan, it does not appear the panel is partisan. Here is a list of the panel which appears to be balanced with different SME to add different perspectives http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=138116?formation_id=189603 3. It suggests a by-pass, I do not see where this report suggests another "loop". 4. Henry, based on your kneejerk reaction, we would be better off if you moved to another state unless your post was meant as sarcasm in which case I say Well Done. 5. The article and report actually indicates need to improve rail and port infrastructure in direct contradiction to Shayla commentary. Specifically, recommendation is to consider passenger rail projects... 6. People have a voice with their elected officials. These are suggestions and do not represent "crony capitalism", etc. The report needs to be analyzed and the legislature can decide on priorities and spending. Don't like it, then vote in a new legislature but quit artificially creating issues where there are none! People need to sift through the politics and provide constructive criticism to the process rather than making uninformed comments in a public forum based on misinformation. IBJ should work harder to correct the record in these forums when blatant errors or misrepresentations are made.

  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

  5. Daniel - Educate me please: what does the Bible have to do with laws? If the government wasn't in the business of marriage to begin with, then it wouldn't have to "define" marriage at all. Marriage could be left as a personal, religious, or otherwise unregulated action, with no ties to taxes, legal status, etc. Then people could marry whomever they want, and all this silliness would go away. Remember to vote Libertarian in November.

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