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Mihai Nica, Ph.D., is member of several associations such as Southwesters Society of Economists, International Atlantic Economic Society and the Regional Science Association. He also served as the President of the Southwestern Society of Economists and he is currently the Society’s Secretary and Treasurer. Nica presented papers at numerous conferences and published articles in the areas of economics and business in journals such as The International Journal of Commerce and Management and Journal of International Entrepreneurship. He served as a manuscript reviewer for journals such as the Southern Economic Journal and Journal of International Trade & Economic Development. Nica's research interests include business location theory, SMEs, economic growth, economic impact studies, and regional economic development. His personal web page can be found at:

Education and Certifications

Ph.D. Business Administration/Economics, 2007. Jackson State University.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Nica, M., Grayson, M., Gray, G. T. (2015). Taxonomy of the Determinants of Entrepreneurial Activity. Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research, 16 (3), 119 - 143.

Nica, M., Didia, D., Yu, G. (2015). The Gravity Model, Af rican Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and U.S. Trade Relations with Sub - Sahara Africa. The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, 24 (8).

Nica, M. (2013). Spending Allocation and Entrepreneurship. Journal of International  Entrepreneurship, 11 (4), 351 - 369.

Surugiu, M. R., Surugiu, C., Nica, M. (2012). Fiscal Policy and Economic Growth: An Explanation With Empirical Analysis.

Actual Problems of Economics (8(134)).

Nica, M., Grayson, M. (2011). Effects of Teaching Business Web 2.0 Style. International Journal of Business and Social Science, 2 (18).

Nica, M. (2010). Small Business Clusters in Oklahoma: MAR or Jacobs Effects? Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, 10 (2).

Nica, M. (2009). Organizing Diversity: An Examination of U.S. Metropolitan Area Journal of Economics/MVEA, 35

(2), 81 - 98.

Nica, M., Grayson, M. (2008). Geographic Concentration and Income Convergence: Do Externalities Matter? International Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, 3 (3), 114 - 31.

Alexander, M., Nica, M. (2008). Rationalizing The Long Run Demand for Health Care Services. Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences/The Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, 41 (1), 1 - 19.

Nica, M., Swaidan, Z., Grayson, M. (2006). The Impact of NAFTA on the Mexican – American Trade. The International Journal of Commerce and Management, 16(3/4), 222 - 233.

Nica, M., Swaidan, Z. (2004). Tourism Opportunities of Special Events. The Case of Exhibitions. Tourism Review, 59


Nica, M. (2002). Estimating the Economic Impact of Special Events. The Palaces of St. Petersburg. Journal of Interdisciplinary Business Research, 2

.Nica, M., Swaidan, Z. (2002). The 1991 Gulf War and Jordan’s Economy. Middle East Review of International Affairs, 6

(2), 70 - 76.

Office Hours

M, W: 3:15-3:30 p.m.

T, R: 3:15-5:45 p.m., and by appointment.

Thatcher 215

Classes Taught

  • BADM 1103, Introduction To Business
  • BADM 3443, The Business of Europe
  • BADM 5212, Financial Analysis
  • ECON 1103, Introduction To Economics
  • ECON 2103, Principles Of Microeconomics
  • ECON 2173, Principles Of Bus Statistics
  • ECON 2203, Principles Of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 3103, Money and Banking
  • ECON 3653, Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 4433, Internat'l Monetary Relations
  • IB 3443, The Business of Europe
  • IB 4363, International Bus Research
  • IB 4910, Individual Study in International Business

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