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Charles W. Baird

Charles Baird

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Charles W. Baird received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. He then spent five years on the faculty at UCLA where, he says, he actually learned economics, mainly from Armen Alchian.

Dr. Baird, a Policy Advisor to The Heartland Institute, often asserts that he has the best of both worlds: a Berkeley degree and a UCLA education.

He was Professor of Economics at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) from 1973 to his retirement in July 2007. He was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Business and Economics from 2005 - 2007. He has been a Visiting Professor at Stanford University, the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala.

Dr. Baird is a member, and a past Vice President and member of the Board of Directors, of the Mont Pelerin Society -- the international free-market organization founded by F.A. Hayek and Milton Friedman (and others) in 1947. He was Director of the Smith Center for Private Enterprise Studies at CSUEB from its founding in 1991 to his retirement in 2007. The principal mission of the Smith Center is to foster a better understanding of free market principles and their application to public policy.

Dr. Baird is a quarterly columnist in The Freeman, a magazine devoted to free market principles and published by the Foundation for Economic Education, Irvington-on-Hudson, NY. He is also on the editorial boards of three academic journals, an adjunct scholar with the CATO Institute in Washington, DC, a member of the Advisory Board of the Free Market Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a consultant on labor economics to the New Zealand Business Roundtable.

Dr. Baird has published four textbooks (all of which went into second edition), nine public policy monographs, and over 90 articles in several journals and magazines. His research specialty is in law and economics of labor relations. He has also written on environmentalism, the economics of politics, the tax system, and the Austrian school of economics.

Recent Articles and Publications

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January 22, 2018
By Charles W. Baird
The current US government shutdown is a teachable moment.
December 4, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Jesse Hathaway, Clifford Thies, Robert Genetski, Howard L. Simons, Bette Grande, Charles W. Baird, Gary Wolfram, Barry P. Keating, Russ McCullough
"Just in time for Christmas, the U.S. Senate’s approval of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is one of the best gifts taxpayers will find under their tree this year – or even during their lifetimes." - Jesse Hathaway
November 6, 2017
By Charles W. Baird
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), announced by the House Ways and Means Committee on November 2nd, has generated a lot of commentary on both sides of the political divide.
November 2, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., S. T. Karnick, Jesse Hathaway, John Nothdurft, Robert Genetski, Christopher Garbacz, Clifford Thies, Charles W. Baird, Gary Wolfram, Joe Cobb, Russ McCullough
"Time is running out for Congress in 2017, and Americans can’t afford to wait another day for relief from government’s ever-expanding intrusion on our lives and wallets" - Jesse Hathaway
April 1, 1985
By Charles W. Baird
In this essay, written by former California State University-East Bay Professor of Economics Charles W. Baird, the interaction of free speech rights and labor law is explored in depth.

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