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Who Am I?

I received my Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. I then spent five years on the faculty at UCLA where I actually learned economics, mainly from Armen Alchian and Harold Demsetz.  At Berkeley I was trained to be a big-government interventionist. At UCLA I became a small-government classical liberal, and I have continued as such to this day.

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

I am 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. I was Director of the Smith Center for Private Enterprise Studies at CSUEB from its founding in 1991 to my 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.

I am a columnist in The Freeman, a magazine devoted to free market principles and published by the Foundation for Economic Education in Atlanta, Georgia. I am 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 former consultant on labor economics to the New Zealand Business Roundtable.

My research specialty is in law and economics of labor relations. Since my retirement from university teaching in 2007, I now consult with  management on the law and economics of labor relations. I promote voluntary unionism; which, sad to say, is not a feature of either the National Labor Relations Act or any if its various state clones. All such statutes are violations of workers' freedom of association.

Recent examples of work product:

The Teamster Freedom of Association Hustle, National Institute for Labor Relations Research, May 7, 2013
http://nilrr.org/2013/05/07/teamster-freedom-of-association-hustle/

In Controversy: Are Labor Unions Essential for Social Flourishing? Journal of Markets & Morality, Volume 17, Number 2 (Fall 2014).http://www.marketsandmorality.com/index.php/mandm/issue/view/34

"No Representation Without Consent," FEE Daily, May 19, 2017
https://fee.org/articles/no-representation-without-consent-not-even-from-unions/

"Does Economic Growth Have a Numeric Limit?" FEE Daily, June 23, 2017
https://fee.org/articles/does-economic-growth-have-a-numeric-limit/

"Good Reasons Not to Unionize," FEE Daily, August 14, 2017
https://fee.org/articles/good-reasons-not-to-unionize/

"Unions Aren't as Popular as the Polls Would Have You Believe," FEE Daily, September 4, 2017
https://fee.org/articles/unions-arent-as-popular-as-the-polls-would-have-you-believe/

"Equality and Taxes,"  Freedom Rising, The Heartland Institute, November 6, 2017
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/equality-and-taxes

Silly economists (which is not always redundant) think that "declining marginal utility of income" (DMUI) is justification for a progressive income tax. It isn't. DMUI merely says that a high-income person places a lower significance on losing $1,000 than a low-income person does. If  fairness requires all taxpayers to suffer the same sacrifice,  a fair income tax must impose a bigger tax bill on high-income people than on low-income people. But a proportional tax (same tax rate for all) does exactly that. Progressive tax rates (higher rates for higher-income people) are simply theft.

Promulgating the Freedom Philosophy
through Writing,  Speaking, and Consulting

Charles W. Baird, Ph. D.
Free-Market Labor Economist