Thomas Tacker

Title
Professor
Email
Department
Accounting, Economics, Finance & Information Sciences
College
Daytona College of Business

Areas of Expertise

Economics of Regulation

Economics of Discrimination

General Economics

Thomas Tacker


Professor Tacker is the author of the books:

Overcoming:  The Inspiring Story of America’s Freed Slaves, Our Other Greatest Generation, Amazon, 2019, and

Rethinking Consumer Protection:  Escaping Death by Regulation, Lexington Books | Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. 

He is also the author of numerous academic articles and co-author of Introduction to Air Transport Economics: From Theory to Applications, 3rd ed.,by  Bijan Vasigh, Kenneth Fleming and Thomas Tacker. Routledge: 2018.

Professor Tacker won the National Federation of Independent Businesses Award For Most Outstanding Paper On Entrepreneurship and Public Policy.   He has also won several teaching awards, including the prestigious Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. In addition to his present position at Embry-Riddle, over the years Professor Tacker has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forrest University, N.C. State University, Salem College, Rollins College and the University of Central Florida.   

He is happily married to his editor and heartthrob, Nancy Tacker; they have been blessed with three children and two grandchildren (so far).


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Management, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Overcoming:  The Inspiring Story of America’s Freed Slaves, Our Other Greatest Generation,

Amazon, 2019.

Rethinking Consumer Protection:  Escaping Death by Regulation. Lexington Books | Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. 

“Uber Literally Saves Lives”, June 12, 2019, Adam Smith Institute.

Introduction to Air Transport Economics: From Theory to Applications, 3rd ed.,by  Bijan Vasigh, Kenneth Fleming and Thomas Tacker. Routledge: 2018.

“Consumer Protection, Markets and Regulation,“ with Paul Cleveland. Presented at the April 2016 meeting of the Assoc of Private Enterprise Educators.

“Sense of Duty in Organizations,”  Symposium participant at the Academy of Management Conference, August 2014, Philadelphia.

“Do Tax Increases Reduce Sovereign Debt Problems?” Presented at the April 2013 meeting of the Assoc of Private Enterprise Educators.

“Life, Liberty, and Property” Areopagus Journal 10:4 (Fall 2010), pp.32-38.

“US Airline Antitrust Policy and Empty Core Disequilibrium,” Journal Of  Private Enterprise, Fall 2009.



Grants and Awards (partial listing)

Hayek Fund for Scholars, Institute for Humane Studies 2019 Grant for student research assistants.

Atlas Foundation 2018 Travel/Seminar Grant

Hayek Fund for Scholars, Institute for Humane Studies 2018  Grant for student research assistants, other expenses.

Member of the Executive Board of the Association of Private Enterprise Educators, Spring 2000 to 2004.

1996 Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education for Managerial Economics Distance Learning Course Design.

1995 National Federation of Independent Businesses Award Most Outstanding Paper On Entrepreneurship and Public Policy for Overcoming Employment Discrimination through Entrepreneurship, APEE Journal of Free Enterprise.