Center Adds Three New Scholars to Board

Chris Douglas, Michael Hicks, Todd Nesbit

The Mackinac Center is pleased to announce that three new economics professors have agreed to join our Board of Scholars. Our Board of Scholars members assist us in our research, helping us produce studies that are of the highest quality.

Chris Douglas is an economics professor at UM-Flint. He authored a 2011 Mackinac Center study, and has published in Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Journal of Economics, and Journal of Applied Econometrics, among others. Douglas's research interests include gasoline markets, smoking externalities and the economics of sports.

Michael Hicks is an economics professor at Ball State University. He co-authored the 2013 Mackinac Center study "Economic Growth and Right-to-Work Laws," and also presented findings of his research at a 2012 Mackinac Center "Issues & Ideas" forum. Hicks has been published in Eastern Economics JournalAtlantic Economics JournalEconomic Development JournalRegional Economic DevelopmentJournal of Private Enterprise, and Review of Regional Studies. He wrote a book on the local economic impact of Wal-Mart stores, and also does research on telecommunication deregulation, natural disasters, corporate welfare and many others.

Todd Nesbit is an economics professor at the College of Charleston and a senior lecturer at Ohio State University. He co-authored a 2008 Mackinac Center study on the relationship between cigarette taxes and cigarette smuggling. He has been published in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Southern Economic Journal, Public Budgeting and Finance, Journal of Media Economics, and Atlantic Economic Journal. Nesbit's research interests include sports economics, economics of education, automobile safety and several others.