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Charles Ballard - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Charles Ballard Charles Ballard

Professor of Economics | Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI, UNITED STATES

Charles Ballard is a professor of Economics at Michigan State University.

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An expert in all areas of economics including the Michigan and national economies; trade reform; tax and expenditure policy; state and local public finance; taxation; and poverty and income distribution. He has extensive experience talking with the media about the economy and politics. Ballard also directs MSU's quarterly State of the State Survey, which measures Michigan's consumer confidence and approval ratings of political leaders.

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Areas of Expertise (8)

Trade Finance Public Policy Analysis Trade Reform National Economies Wealth Distibution Public Finance Economic Analysis Voting Behavior

Education (3)

Stanford University: Ph.D., Economics

Stanford University: M.A., Economics

Princeton University: A.B., Economics

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An import tax could raise car prices by thousands

Chicago Tribune  online

2017-03-13

"This is a price increase, and the consumer will bear an awful lot of the burden," Michigan State University professor of economics Charles Ballard said. "There are things you can do with a scalpel that might create jobs, but if you use a meat ax, you're likely to do harm. I'm afraid in one or two years we'll wake up to the recognition that this policy had many unintended consequences."

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Trump’s border tax could hike car prices

The Lima News  online

2017-03-12

“This is a price increase, and the consumer will bear an awful lot of the burden,” Michigan State University professor of economics Charles Ballard said. “There are things you can do with a scalpel that might create jobs, but if you use a meat ax, you’re likely to do harm. I’m afraid in one or two years we’ll wake up to the recognition that this policy had many unintended consequences.”

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Would an import tax raise new car prices?

CPA  online

2017-03-06

"This is a price increase, and the consumer will bear an awful lot of the burden," Michigan State University professor of economics Charles Ballard said. "There are things you can do with a scalpel that might create jobs, but if you use a meat ax, you're likely to do harm. I'm afraid in one or two years we'll wake up to the recognition that this policy had many unintended consequences."

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Michigan GOP should eliminate the income tax, and then …

News-Herald  

2017-02-23

According to MSU economic Charles Ballard, Michigan’s “obsession with tax cuts” already has hurt our state’s infrastructure and quality of life, according to published reports.

In fact, Ballard said a federal analysis of taxes shows that state and local taxes as a percentage of income have dropped from 13 percent in 1972 to 9.6 percent in 2011.

That was a long time, but it works out to a net revenue loss of about $10 billion in today’s money.

“We have sacrificed a great deal of our quality of life on the altar of tax cuts,” Ballard was quoted as saying...

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MSU economist: B.C. should diversify, push education

Battle Creek Enquirer  

2017-01-20

Diversifying industry is the best solution for Battle Creek's economy after taking several blows from cereal and snack companies in recent months.

That's the word from Michigan State University economics professor Charles Ballard. An expert on Michigan and national economies, Ballard said this week's announcement by Kellogg Co. to cut 250 jobs, most in Battle Creek, is "difficult," but ultimately the reality for a struggling industry.

"You always hope it’s job cuts in somebody else’s backyard rather than your own," he said...

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Journal Articles (5)

Changes in the Level and Distribution of Income in Michigan, 1976–2013, with Comparisons to Other States Michigan Academician

2015

We study the changes in the distribution of household income in Michigan from 1976 to 2013, with comparisons to the other 49 states and the District of Columbia. In Michigan, the gap between the 90th and the 50th percentiles increased substantially, but the gap between the 50th and the 10th percentiles decreased slightly. Thus in Michigan (and in most other jurisdictions), the increases in overall inequality were dominated by changes in the upper half of the income distribution. If we include in-kind transfer payments in the ...

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The State (s) of Inequality: Changes in Income Distribution in the US States and the District of Columbia, 1976-2008 Journal of Income Distribution

2013

We study the changes in the distribution of household income from 1976 to 2008 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, using annual data from the Current Population Survey. Most jurisdictions experienced an increase in household income inequality, although there are considerable differences in the precise patterns of disequalization. Many of the jurisdictions with the largest increases in inequality were in the Northeast, while many of the jurisdictions with small increases in inequality (or even small ...

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Internet purchases, cross-border shopping, and sales taxes National Tax Journal

2007

Using data from the Current Population Survey for 1997 and 2001, we estimate the probability that a consumer engages in online shopping. We use variation in sales-tax rates by county to identify the effects of the sales-tax rate in the home county and adjacent counties. We also control for the sales-tax base.

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Basic math skills and performance in an introductory economics class The Journal of Economic Education

2004

The authors measure math skills with a broader set of explanatory variables than have been used in previous studies. To identify what math skills are important for student success in introductory microeconomics, they examine the student's score on the mathematics portion of the ACT Assessment Test, whether the student has taken calculus, whether the student has been required to take remedial mathematics, and (4) the student's score on a test of very basic mathematical concepts.

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Gender, expectations, and grades in introductory microeconomics at a US university Feminist Economics

2005

Previous studies have documented a gender gap in the study of economics in Canada, the UK, and the US. One important factor may be women's low expectations about their ability to succeed in economics courses. Women in our sample expect to do less well than men in an introductory microeconomics course, even after controlling for variables relating to family background, academic experience, and mathematics experience.

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