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Morton J. Marcus



Morton J. Marcus was director of the IBRC for more than 30 years, having retired from the university in November 2003.


  • Faculty member for 33 years at one of the nation's top business schools
  • Researches changes in the economy and population of Indiana, the Midwest and the nation
  • Governor's liaison to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1979 to 2003
  • Columnist since 1990, published in more than 30 newspapers each week
  • Author of Tightrope to Tomorrow, a book about pensions, productivity and public education
  • Internationally recognized expert on regional economies
  • An occasional guest on the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer
  • Pioneer of on-line data services
  • Creator and host of INTERSECTION, a weekly TV program for Northwest Indiana
  • Chairman of the Board of Media Indiana, Inc.
  • Member of the board of directors: Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc.
  • Past-president of the Midwest Business Economics Association, Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences and the Association for University Business and Economic Research.

What does he have to say?

With a relaxed and humorous style, Marcus brings difficult concepts into focus, makes sense of government policies and provides new insights into complex trends. He will take today’s headlines and put them into the context of our times. In his hands, economics is not the dismal science, but the art and fun of prospering responsibly.

Mr. Marcus is a dynamic speaker, at ease with large or small groups. He regularly addresses fourth grade classes as comfortably as he testifies before legislative and regulatory groups. He can give a sermon to a church conference on the Moral Foundations of Capitalism, an inspirational pep-talk to a Chamber of Commerce annual meeting or explain the mysteries of local property tax bills to anxious homeowners.