Economic Analysis

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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HICKS: Good reads on America's automobile industry

August 21, 2010
Mike Hicks
If you'd like to satiate your interest in the domestic automobile market, may I recommend three fine books?
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HICKS: Expectations can't erase sluggish recoveryRestricted Content

August 14, 2010
Mike Hicks
While the economy continues to recover, the pace is agonizingly slow. The reasons for this are becoming clear.
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HICKS: What silly bands say about the value of things

August 7, 2010
Mike Hicks
There are economic lessons here. The most important is that the value of things is necessarily determined by what is known in econo-jargon as utility.
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HICKS: Twenty years later, the impact of Desert StormRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Mike Hicks
Wartime familiarity should make us more tolerant of our differences and care more for one another's children.
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HICKS: What we can learn from forecasting blundersRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Mike Hicks
It begs the question, just what should economists be expected to know and how should we explain it?
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HICKS: To spend or cut taxes, that is the questionRestricted Content

July 17, 2010
Mike Hicks
The stimulus and array of bailouts have thus far done little to boost the economy. Neither is there good evidence they kept things from getting worse.
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HICKS: A modest proposal: The SUN tax of 2010Restricted Content

July 10, 2010
Mike Hicks
The problem is that the tanning tax fails every single criterion of effective tax policy. It is narrow, easily avoided, suffers high administrative costs, and distorts consumer and producer behavior.
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HICKS: Town squares reflect forefathers' optimismRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Mike Hicks
In my line of work, I travel to many small towns. One eccentricity I indulge in on these trips is to drive around town squares.
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HICKS: Roots of recession found in homes, stocksRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Mike Hicks
When the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research meets later this year or next, I believe they’ll say the recession hit bottom in June or July of 2009. Recessions end when the economy bottoms out.
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HICKS: Four recommendations for your reading listRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Mike Hicks
Though I am no slave to fashion, summertime is a long occasion for the reading of good books.
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HICKS: Derivatives don't deserve their scary reputationRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Mike Hicks
One major part of the legislation will target derivatives. This is an arena where the financial services industry does itself no good from a public relations sense.
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HICKS: State both good, bad in human-capital gameRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Mike Hicks
Suppose we lived in a perfectly flat world that is a vast, featureless plain of identical square counties.
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HICKS: Memorial Day puts economics in perspectiveRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Mike Hicks
the things that determine our ultimate prosperity and happiness are not the vacillations of markets.
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HICKS: State lucky to have community foundationsRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Mike Hicks
A good community foundation knows when there is an unmet need. After faith-based organizations, nobody is closer to understanding immediate needs better than a strong community foundation.
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HICKS: Learn from Greece and live within your meansRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
Mike Hicks
Greece will enter a generation of austerity in which its best and brightest young people will leave for Europe or America.
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HICKS: Fear, not economics, drives immigration debateRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Mike Hicks
Mexico is in the throes of a violent lawlessness that is spilling over into the United States. Dealing with this is neither racist nor unconstitutional.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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