Lost Earnings Due to West Coast Port Shutdown: Preliminary Estimate

Patrick L. Anderson & Ilhan K. Geckil

An Analysis of the economic impacts of the four week shut down, organized by the PMA.

The Tax Limits of Michigan's Proposal A

Patrick L. Anderson

This report re-visits the tax strategies of proposal A and reviews how they are currently working.

The Michigan Telecommunication Act: Impact on Consumers

Patrick L. Anderson, Robert Kleiman, Ian K. Clemen

An evaluation of the Michigan Telecommunications Act of 2000

Economic Diversification & High-Tech Employment in Oakland County, Michigan

Patrick L. Anderson, Ian K. Clemens, Christopher Cotton

Report determines Oakland County’s diversification among industries, and examines Oakland’s share of employment in the High Tech Industry.

Economic and Fiscal Assessment of a Change in Residency Requirements in the City of Detroit

Patrick L. Anderson

An analysis of the 1999 residency requirement imposed by the city of Detroit.

Michigan Business Climate Benchmarking Study

Patrick L. Anderson, Ian K. Clemens & Christine Reading

Establish Michigan’s Benchmark industries against competing cities

The Public School Academy Funding Gap: Revenue disparities between “charter” schools and public schools in Michigan

Patrick L. Anderson, Scott D. Watkins, & Christopher S. Cotton

Analysis of costs and benefits associated with charter schools, vs. public schools.

Location Advantages for an Auto Supplier Exchange Firm

Patrick L. Anderson, Ian K. Clemens

AEG conducts market research to determine the best location for Covisint.

The Tax Burdens of The Michigan Single Business Tax

Patrick L. Anderson and Ilhan K. Geckil

This report analyzes the Single Business Tax under current law and proposed changes to the tax.

Commerce Clause & Twenty-First Amendment Analysis: Midwest Beverage Distributor

Case Study:
Commerce Clause & Twenty-First Amendment Analysis
Midwest Beverage Distributor


One of the Midwest’s largest distributors of beer, wine, and spirits, serving 36,000 locations in multiple states, had a Michigan affiliate that was prevented from full participation in the Michigan spirits distribution market due to a provision in the Michigan Liquor Control Code. 

Anderson Economic Group was retained by the distributor to provide expert analysis for a suit filed against the state of Michigan. Out team prepared a preliminary report and affidavit which described how the state law was violating the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. The report discussed the peculiarities of the wine industry; the importance of nationally-established standards and laws in all types of commerce; and the intersection between the XXI Amendment and the Commerce Clause.

After a unsatisfactory hearing at the district court level, our client is considering an appeal, based partially on the factual record established by our report.