Dr. Charles L. Baum

Professor

Dr. Charles L. Baum
615-898-2527
Room N310, Business & Aerospace Building (BAS)
MTSU Box 27, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina (1999)
  • B.A., Wake Forest University (1995)

Areas of Expertise

Labor Economics (employment trends, wages, labor force participation rates, employment benefits, retirement decisions, and worklife expectancies)

Biography

I am a professor of economics at Middle Tennessee State University, where I have taught courses on labor markets, unions, and collective bargaining since 1999. I received my Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill earlier that year.  I earned a B.A. in economics from Wake Forest University in 1995.  From 2008 to 2014, I served as the chair of the Department of Economics and Finance.

Publications

Baum, Charles L. (2017). “The Effects of College onWeight: Examining the Freshman Fifteen Myth.”
Demography, forthcoming.

Baum, Charles L., and Christopher J. Ruhm. (2016). “The Effects of Paid Family Leave in California
on Labor Market Outcomes.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 35 (2): 333-356.

Baum, Charles L., and Christopher J. Ruhm. (2016). “The Changing Benefits of Early Work Experience.”

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Baum, Charles L. (2017). “The Effects of College onWeight: Examining the Freshman Fifteen Myth.”
Demography, forthcoming.

Baum, Charles L., and Christopher J. Ruhm. (2016). “The Effects of Paid Family Leave in California
on Labor Market Outcomes.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 35 (2): 333-356.

Baum, Charles L., and Christopher J. Ruhm. (2016). “The Changing Benefits of Early Work Experience.”
Southern Economic Journal, 83 (2): 343-363.

Baum, Charles L., and Shin-Yi Chou. (2016). “Why Has the Prevalence of Obesity Doubled.” Review
of Economics of the Household, 14 (2): 251-267.

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Presentations

“The Economic Impacts of Wrongful Incarceration,” National Association of Forensic Economists
Winter Meetings, Cancun, Mexico, 2017.

“The Accuracy of Social Security Wage Projections,” National Association of Forensic Economists
Winter Meetings, Key West, FL, 2016.

“Employee Tenure and Economic Losses,” National Association of Forensic Economists Winter
Meetings, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2015.

Research/Scholarly Activity

My field in economics is labor economics, and I study employment trends, earnings and wages, labor force participation rates, retirement decisions, worklife expectancies, and employment benefits.

In the Media

My research has recently been citied in the news by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, U.S. News and World Report, and the New York Times.  The U.S. Department of Labor used results from my research on state legislation providing paid parental leave from work at the 2015 White House Summit on Working Families.

Courses

ECON 2410 Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics
ECON 2420 Principles of Economics, Microeconomics (on-campus and online)
ECON 2420 (Honors) Principles of Economics, Microeconomics
ECON 4420 Labor and Human Resource Economics (on-campus and online)
ECON 4510 Unions and Collective Bargaining (on-campus and online)
ECON 4650 Comparative Economic Systems (on-campus and online)
ECON 5420 Labor and Human Resource Economics (on-campus and online)
ECON 5510 Unions...

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ECON 2410 Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics
ECON 2420 Principles of Economics, Microeconomics (on-campus and online)
ECON 2420 (Honors) Principles of Economics, Microeconomics
ECON 4420 Labor and Human Resource Economics (on-campus and online)
ECON 4510 Unions and Collective Bargaining (on-campus and online)
ECON 4650 Comparative Economic Systems (on-campus and online)
ECON 5420 Labor and Human Resource Economics (on-campus and online)
ECON 5510 Unions and Collective Bargaining (on-campus and online)
ECON 6120 Microeconomics I
ECON 7120 Microeconomics II
ECON 7121 Microeconomics III
ECON 7520 Advanced Labor Economics II

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