Thomas Tacker

Professor of Economics
Accounting,Economics,Finance,and Information Sci
Daytona College of Business
Daytona Beach campus


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

  • EC 210: Microeconomics
  • EC 315: Managerial Economics
  • EC 420: Economics of Air Transport


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


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


“Uber’s Impact on Safety,” Presented at the April 2018 meeting of the Assoc of Private Enterprise Educators.


“Preparing Students for Shocking Economic Truths—the Case of Price Controls” Presented at the April 2018 meeting of the Assoc of Private Enterprise Educators.


“Teaching the Truth about Employment Discrimination in the Age of Political Correctness” Presented at the April 2018 meeting of the Assoc of Private Enterprise Educators.


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


“US Airlines’ Financial Sustainability: Competition, Cooperation and Labor,” with Anastassia Vilderson in Handbook of Airline Economics, 3rd edition, Darryl Jenkins, ed.  (forthcoming).


“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.


“Privatizing Airline Safety and Security,” with Paul Cleveland, Ideas on Liberty,  November 2002.


"The Economic Benefits of SATS, in Labor Markets and Beyond," with Ken Fleming and Seth Young, NASA Report , August 2000.


"Airline Pricing in Business and Leisure Markets:  An Empirical Study," with Atef Ghobrial and Ken Fleming, Journal of Transportation, Law, Logistics and Policy, Fall 1998, Volume 86, Number 1, pp. 65-80.

"The Consequential Economic Benefits of SATS," with Ken Fleming and Seth Young, NASA_Report August 2000.

"Talking Privatization: As Europe Takes the Lead, Effort Gets Mixed Reviews in U.S.," co-authored with Bijan Vasigh and Mehdi Haririan, Airport Business Magazine, March 1996.

"Privatization Trends in Aviation," Airport Business Magazine, Co-authored with Bijan Vasigh and Mehdi Haririan, February 1996.

"Overcoming Discimination Through Entrepreneurship" Enterprise and Education, Summer 1995.

"Competition and Market Process in the U.S. Airline Industry," Transporation Research Forum November 1994 Proceedings, Vol. 2, pg. 687-698.

"Toward a Theory of Airline Pricing," Co-authored with Ken Flemin and Atef Ghobrial, Transporation Research Forum November 1994 Proceedings, Vol. 2, pg. 703-716. Avmark Aircraft Marketing Symposium, October 4-5, 1993, Orlando, FL.

"Federal Acquisition Regulations," Seminar sponsored by Federal Publications, October 14-15, 1991, Washington, D.C.

"Law and Economics," Book review of several chapters in Law and Economics by Robert Cooter and Thomas Ulen, for Scott, Foresmen and Company, March 1990.


Grants and Awards (partial listing)


Hayek Fund for Scholars 2018 ($4,500 for 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.