Charles L. Baum II, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics

Middle Tennessee State University




I am a professor of economics at Middle Tennessee State University, where I have taught 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.


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


My research has been published or cited in economics journals (e.g., Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Journal of Legal Economics), professional journals (e.g., Tennessee Bar Journal, Georgia Bar Journal, and Birmingham Bar Bulletin), and the news (e.g., 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.


In 2016, I presented a paper on future wage growth forecasts to the National Association of Forensic Economists (NAFE), and in 2017, I presented my research on the economic impacts of incarceration to NAFE.



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Contact Information:


Charles L. Baum II
Department of Economics & Finance
P.O. Box 27
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN  37132

Phone: (615) 898-2527