Michael J. Hicks

Recent Research Publications

  • Hicks, M. J. & LaFaive, M. (2009). The Influence of Targeted Economic Development Tax Incentives on County Economic Growth: Evidence from Michigan’s Mega Credits. Economic Development Quarterly, forthcoming.
  • Hicks, M. J. (2009). Wal-Mart and Small Business: Boon or Bane? Review of Regional Studies, forthcoming.
  • Hicks, M.J. (2009) Why Does Emerging Media Matter? American Journal of Business, Vol 24, no. 2.
  • Hicks, M. J. (2009). Racino Gaming's Impact on Wages, Employment, Economic Diversity and Stability: Evidence from a Spatial Model of West Virginia. Journal of Economics, Volume XXXV, No. 1, 2009.
  • Hicks, M. J., Bohanon, C., & Faulk, D. (2009, January). Property Tax Restructuring in Indiana: The Role of Tax Rate Variability. State Tax Notes, 51(4), 239-246.
  • Hicks, M. J. (2008). Estimating Wal-Mart's Impacts in Maryland: a Test of Identification Strategies and Endogeneity Tests. Eastern Economic Journal, 33(3), 56-73.
  • Hicks, M. J. & Smirnoff, J. (2007). The Impact of Economic Factors and Acquisition Reforms on the Cost of Defense Weapons Systems. Review of Financial Economics, 17(1).
  • Hicks, M. J. (2007). A Quasi-Experimental Test of Large Retail Stores Impacts on Regional Labor Markets: The Case of Cabela's Retail Outlets. The Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, 37(2), 116-122.
  • Hicks, M. J. (2007). Hierarchical Delays as a Source of Nominal Price Rigidities: Evidence from the Microcomputer Industry. Managerial and Decision Economics, 28(7), 803-817.
  • Hicks, M. J. (2007). Job Turnover and Wages in the Retail Sector: The Influence of Wal-Mart. Journal of Private Enterprise, XXIII(3), 137-160.
  • Burton, M. & Hicks, M. J. (2007). Tax Increment Financing Implications of Municipal Parks in West Virginia: Spatial and Semi-Parametric Estimates. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Special Issue on the Economic Values of Parks, Recreation and Open Space. 25(2), 1-11.
  • Hicks, M. J. (2007). Wal-Mart's Impact on Local Revenue and Expenditure Instruments in Ohio, 1988-2003. Atlantic Economic Journal, 35(1), 77-95.
  • Moore, T., Johnson, A., Rehg, M., & Hicks, M. J. (2007). Examining the Impact of Quality Assurance Manning Practices in Air Force Aircraft Maintenance Units. Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering. 13(1), 33-48.
  • Hicks, M. J. (2006). The Demand for Alternative Fueled Vehicles in the United States. Do State Tax Incentives Matter? Empirical Economics Letters, pp 1-9.
  • Hicks, M. J. (2006). Transportation Infrastructure, Retail Clustering and Local Public Finance: Evidence from Wal-Mart's Expansion. Regional Economic Development, 2(2), 100-114.
  • Hicks, M. J. (2006). The Robust State of the U.S. Aircraft Industrial Base (a Reply). Air & Space Power Journal, XX(4), 20-26. (also appearing as A Robustez da Base Industrial Aeronáutica dos EUA, ASPJ Em Português 2° Trimestre 2007)
  • Burton, M., Hicks, M. J., & Sowards, K. (2006). Transportation and Market Feasibility Analysis for Innovative Coal Combustion By-Products: Woodbrik in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 1, I (2/3), 128-144.
  • Hicks, M. J. (2006). Risk to the Special Reclamation Fund and Mine Operations in West Virginia. International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, 7(5), 739-757.
  • Burton, M. & Hicks, M. J. (2006). Do University based biotechnology centres impact regional biotechnology related (commercial) employment? International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, 5(4), 390-400.
  • Hicks, M. J. (2006). What do we know about Wal-Mart's local impact, and why is it important. Economic Development Journal, 5(3), 23-31.
  • Burton, M. & Hicks, M. J. (2005). Economic Analysis of Coal Waste Disposal: Research Considerations for Environmental Regulation. Minerals and Energy, 16(1), 3-15.
  • Hicks, M. J. (2005). Industry Performance Gradient Indexes and Market Entrance: an empirical tool for market researchers. International Journal of Business Performance Management, 7(2), 1-10.
  • Hicks, M. J. (2004). Do Rural Areas in the U.S. Need Microfinance? Some Early Evidence from the CRA Data. Journal of Banking Regulation, 5(4), 243-257.
  • Richardson, D., Hicks, M. J. & Walker, R. (2002). Falls in the Rural Elderly. The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, 15(3), 178-82.
  • Hatcher, R., Hicks, M. J. & Wilburn, K. (2002). Workers' Compensation Fiscal Structure and Economic Growth-- A West Virginia Problem? State Tax Notes, 23(11), 965-971.
  • Hicks, M. J. & Wilburn, K. (2001). The Regional Impact of Wal-Mart Entrance: A Panel Study of the Retail Trade Sector in West Virginia. Review of Regional Studies, 31(3), 305-313.
  • Boyer, M. & Hicks, M. J. (2000). What Caused the Decline in Welfare Caseloads in the 1990's: Evidence from a State AFDC Program. Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 24(2), 29-39.
  • Burton, M., Hicks, M. J. & Kent, C. (1999). Evaluating Comprehensive Tax Reform: Lessons from West Virginia. State Tax Notes, 17(19).
  • Hicks, M. J. (1999). Entrance, Exit and Merger Activity in Tennessee's Banks: A Multivariate Analysis of Market Behavior and the Business Cycle. Journal for Economic Educators, Fall 1999, 1-10.

 Books and Monographs

  • Hicks, M. J. (2007). The Local Economic Impact of Wal-Mart, Cambria Press. February, 2007. ISBN 1-934043-38-9.
  • LaFaive, M. & Hicks, M. J. (2005). MEGA: A Retrospective Assessment. Mackinac Center for Public Policy, pp 1-141. ISBN 1-890624-43-8. 2005.

Work in Progress

  • Consolidation in the Defense Aerospace Sector (with Judy Davis) Taylor & Francis series on Technology and Innovation ed. Adedji Badiru
  • “What Causes Cost Overruns in Defense Procurement Contracts?”
  • "Does Wal-Mart Cause an Increase in Medicaid Costs?"
  • "Determinants of Industrial Park Success" (with Calvin A. Kent)
  • "Terrorism, Transnational Conflict and Investment in the Middle-East" (with Jeffrey Smith)
  • "Wal-Mart and Urban Sprawl in Colorado"
  • "Empty Big Box Retailers and Local Retail Structure in Ohio"
  • "The Elasticity of State Gasoline Taxes, A Spatial Estimate"

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