Michael Jones is an Economics professor and the Academic Director for the Master's in Applied Economics at the University of Cincinnati. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the Nielsen Company and as a Senior Business Development Manager at Cincinnati Bell.
He has been an Emerging Education Policy Scholar with the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He has received funding from the Mellon Foundation to organize a seminar series on the Political Economy of K-12 Education Reform. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Universities for Business and Economics Research (AUBER), and has published in the Economics of Education Review, the IZA Journal of Labor of Economics, and the Business Case Journal. As the former Director of Research at UC's Economics Center, he spoke on topics that included the economic business cycle, labor market dynamics, retail sales forecasting, and demographic trends. His interviews have been published in diverse media outlets including NPR, the Cincinnati Enquirer, Computerworld, Al Jazeera America, and Chinese Social Sciences today. His academic research interests include: labor economics, public economics, and the economics of education.