The George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business Research and Director
J. Hicks, PhD is the George and Frances Ball distinguished professor of economics
and the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State
University. He previously served on the faculty of the Air Force
Institute of Technology’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management and at
research centers at Marshall University and the University of Tennessee.
research interest is in state and local public finance and the effect of public
policy on the location, composition, and size of economic activity. He has
authored three books and more than 50 scholarly papers and is best known for
his work on tax incentives and the impact of Walmart.
received research and teaching awards from Tennessee, Marshall, AFIT, and Ball
State, and his work has been highlighted in such outlets as the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York
Times, and Washington Post. He
has appeared nationally on CSPAN, MSNBC, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and Fox
Business News, and his weekly column on economics and current events is
syndicated in several outlets across the state.
earned doctoral and master’s degrees in economics from the University of
Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Virginia Military
Institute. He is a retired army reserve infantryman having served in combat and
peacekeeping operations in North Africa, Southwest Asia, Korea and Japan.
makes his home in Yorktown, Indiana, with his wife Janet, and three overactive
kids aged 10 through 15.
inception in 1970, Ball State's Center for Business and Economic Research,
formerly the Bureau of Business Research, has supported business faculty and
provided Indiana’s business community with research resources.