Charles L. Baum II
Professor of Economics at 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.  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 have published articles in peer-reviewed economics journals on employment, earnings and wages, labor force participation rates, and employment benefits.  Please find my resume below.


In 2015, my research was cited in 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 paid parental leave from work at the 2015 White House Summit on Working Families.


In January 2016, I am presenting a paper on future wage growth forecasts for the National Association of Forensic Economists (NAFE).


I was elected to the Rutherford County Commission in August 2010 and re-elected in August 2014.  The image above is my official 2014 picture.



Please find a link to my resume here:




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
Fax: (615) 898-5596


Other Pictures


This is me preparing to exchange currency for travel in Europe.



This is my wife, Kelly.



Our children, Elizabeth, Anna Jane, and Charles, are in Lucerne, Switzerland in this picture.



Here are my kids when they were much younger.



Here are me and my wife when we were much younger, too!