Economic Analysis

HICKS: Value proposition should drive higher ed debateRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Mike Hicks
Even with higher tuition, college students are still flocking to campus. The real problem isn’t increasing costs, but uncertain benefits.
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HICKS: Manufacturing industry is alive and wellRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Mike Hicks
America has always been a place where we make things. In fact, 2011 was a record year for manufacturing in America, as will be 2012 and 2013 (all in inflation-adjusted terms).
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HICKS: Gas prices likely to influence presidential raceRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Mike Hicks
Late last month, our president gave what was billed as an important speech about gas prices. It was that and more.
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HICKS: Upcoming election to influence corporate tax cutsRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Mike Hicks
Obama’s plan is to eliminate loopholes for energy companies and create new ones for manufacturing firms. The condition of the 2012 electoral map should make his motivations clear.
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HICKS: Imperfect markets influence economic growthRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Mike Hicks
Markets rule supreme, but they also work imperfectly and will do so as long as humans themselves remain imperfect.
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HICKS: It's time for labor unions to make some changesRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Mike Hicks
How is it, I wonder, that an employment contract between willing parties could get to the point where either side is viewed as an enemy?
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HICKS: Field research sheds light on Super Bowl impactRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Mike Hicks
My two sons and I headed to Indianapolis’ Super Bowl Village recently for some field research.
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HICKS: State of the Union chock full of wistful visionsRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
The bacchanalia of the stimulus has limited spending choices far into the future. So, most of the policies outlined by President Obama are wistful visions of a future that cannot be.
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HICKS: Measuring intangibles part of economist's jobRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Mike Hicks
A frequently heard criticism of economic analysis is that it focuses only on those things that can be easily measured. This is an astonishing and vacuous censure championed largely by the innumerate among us.
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HICKS: What to expect from right-to-work legislationRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Mike Hicks
It would be a long way from simply naïve to suppose that my study would alter any decisions about the divisive right-to-work legislation pending in Indiana.
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HICKS: Job prospects should factor into student loansRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Mike Hicks
College education is expensive (mostly due to foregone earnings), but in terms of expenses, paying tuition for state schools is far less than half the cost of going to college.
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HICKS: Predictions can be wrong, but analysis valuableRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Mike Hicks
The new year is a time of reflection. For someone who comments on the economy and provides analysis and forecasts, it should be a time to take stock and be honest about where I was right and wrong.
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HICKS: An open letter to an elf from an economistRestricted Content

December 24, 2011
Mike Hicks
Last year, you brought me coal; this year, could you fill my pickup truck with gasoline instead?
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HICKS: Is U.S. economy example of capitalism or free market?Restricted Content

December 17, 2011
Mike Hicks
For some time, I have been unhappy with using the term “capitalism” to describe the ascendant form of economic organization. I prefer “free market” to describe the workings of the United States and much of the world.
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HICKS: Monetary policy for our times may involve trade-offsRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Mike Hicks
This week, Charles Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and leading contender to replace Ben Bernanke as Fed chairman, visited Muncie to give an important speech on moving the economy past the recession.
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HICKS: Black Friday feeds commercialization illusionRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Mike Hicks
Thanksgiving evening into the wee hours of Black Friday saw me visiting three Walmart stores in five hours. This was purely research, mind you.
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HICKS: National debt makes long-term challenges clearRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Mike Hicks
We must have a serious discussion over the size and scope of government and how to pay for it. Economically, the answers are clear. We must cut spending, raise revenue and adjust Social Security to the demographic reality.
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HICKS: Penn State abuse case offers lessons for us allRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Mike Hicks
The cascading revelations about Pennsylvania State University’s storied football program surely will continue to repulse and sadden us. But within the horror of the events are many lessons, economic and otherwise.
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HICKS: Schools, taxes, services on voters' radarRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Mike Hicks
It is easy to make promises while campaigning—and quite another thing to carry them out when confronted with the fullness of fact.
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HICKS: Schools and leadership keys to community growthRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Mike Hicks
Fixing schools, paving roads, building sidewalks, sprucing up parks and cutting government waste are hard, long, inelegant and thankless tasks—but they are the ones that really matter.
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HICKS: Lessons in macabre taxes and ghastly fiscal policyRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Mike Hicks
Halloween is the time when the Hicks kids learn about taxes. As a loving father, I combine the safety examination of their treats with a lesson on the effect of marginal tax rates on productivity.
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HICKS: Human capital, income inequality and our futureRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Mike Hicks
Since at least the 1960s, economists have been warning that the link between human capital and economic growth was growing.
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HICKS: Is the Occupy Indianapolis crowd on to something?Restricted Content

October 15, 2011
Mike Hicks
There’s something in the Occupy Indianapolis protest for most of us to appreciate. Among these is the real and persistent influence from both corporations and unions that distorts our tax system. The reality is astonishing.
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HICKS: Competing theories agree on nation's economic woesRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Mike Hicks
Both explanations suggest that the large stimulus and enormous government spending deficits are in part to blame for the continued ill performance of the U.S. economy.
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HICKS: Some long-dead economists worth a listenRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Mike Hicks
It is a bit too early to tell what this recession and recovery will do to the reputation of the many economists who prognosticated through it. But one thing is for certain: It has provided much publicity for many long-dead economists.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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