Economic Diversification: Should Mandates or Markets Rule? A presentation by Mr. Michael LaFaive – Thursday, March 12, 2009

First Published: 2009-02-16

Join us for an evening with Mr. Michael LaFaive on Thursday, March 12, 2009, 6:30pm at The Nassau Yacht Club, East Bay Street  when he addresses the timely topic "Economic Diversification: Should Mandates or Markets Rule?"

Michael LaFaive is director of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a 20-year old public policy research institute, located in Midland, Michigan, just two hours north of Detroit.

During his 15 years with the Mackinac Center he has the authored or co-authored more than 100 essays and 10 major studies on fiscal policy issues diverse as trade liberalization, government spending, privatization, cigarette taxes and smuggling, as well as government economic development initiatives.

Mr. LaFaive has conducted extensive research on government economic development programs, including an empirical analysis of his state’s premier economic development program — the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA). Along with this study LaFaive authored a short history of economic development in his home state and he found that the lessons of Michigan’s history may be applicable elsewhere. His newest project involves a budget analysis of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a quasi-public state agency tasked with bringing new jobs to Michigan and making sure old ones remain.

His opinion on economic matters is widely sought, averaging more than 125 media interviews a year and in media outlets as diverse as the Financial Times, , The Baltimore (Maryland) Sun, and National Public Radio and the major print, radio and television media of his home state of Michigan.

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Registration is $20 per person including parking. A cash bar will be available. This is not a dinner event as usual.

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