Michael Hicks, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and professor of economics at Ball State University. He is also an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.  He has held faculty and research positions at the Air Force Institution of Technology, Marshall University and the University of Tennessee, and holds degrees in economics from Virginia Military Institute and the University of Tennessee.

With research focusing on regional economics and public finance he is author of three books, more than forty academic papers and more than a hundred technical reports. His research has been reported in such places as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and has appeared on NPR, CSPAN, CNBC and The Nightly Business Report.  He also writes a weekly syndicated business column.

Michael is a retired reserve infantry officer and veteran of combat and peacekeeping service in the Middle East, Africa and Korea.  He makes a home with his wife and three children in Muncie, Indiana. 

Right-to-Work Laws Work

New study shows economic advantages. … more

MEGA Marks 15th Anniversary

Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of the creation of the  Michigan Economic Growth Authority, a business-tax credit and subsidy program designed to create new and keep existing jobs in the state. The Mackinac Center has published two rigorous analyses of MEGA: "MEGA: A Retrospective Assessment" in 2005, and "Michigan Economic Development Corporation: A Review and Analysis" in 2009.
Both studies found that the program had no impact on overall job creation in the state. Another study found that Michigan would have been better off economically if the state had just cut taxes for all businesses instead of operating a targeted tax break program. … more