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Charles Ballard

Charles Ballard

Professor of Economics

Charles Ballard is a professor of Economics at Michigan State University.

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Area of Expertise

Trade Finance Public Policy Analysis Trade Reform National Economies Wealth Distibution Public Finance Economic Analysis Voting Behavior

Biography

An expert in all areas of economics including the Michigan and national economies; trade reform; tax and expenditure policy; state and local public finance; taxation; and poverty and income distribution. He has extensive experience talking with the media about the economy and politics. Ballard also directs MSU's quarterly State of the State Survey, which measures Michigan's consumer confidence and approval ratings of political leaders. In 2007, he won the Outstanding Teacher Award in MSU's College ... of Social Science. He currently serves as Board Chair of the Michigan League for Public Policy.

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Education

Stanford University: Ph.D., Economics

Stanford University: M.A., Economics

Princeton University: A.B., Economics

Selected Press

Biden Inherits Economic Laggards That Helped Doom Trump Campaign

Bloomberg Quint | 2020-11-09

For Biden, the worry is that the national recovery is slowing as a winter surge in COVID-19 cases hits — and that things aren’t getting much better in politically important places like Michigan. Long before the pandemic “Michigan’s economy had slowed down very substantially in the Trump years,” says Charles Ballard, an economist at Michigan State University. The state of 10 million people created only 20,000 jobs last year, he points out. As of September it had lost more than 440,000 this year— one-tenth of those who were in work at the start of the year.

MSU Researchers Say Racial Wage Gap Narrrows in the South, Widens in the North

WDET | 2020-08-17

A new report conducted by Michigan State University economists Charles Ballard and John H. Goddeeris has exposed some surprising and noteworthy trends in America's racial wage gap. Starting in the 1970s, former Confederate states have seen the earnings gap between white and Black workers shrink, while elsewhere that gap has been exacerbated. Ballard, professor of economics at Michigan State University, says the narrowing of the wage gap in southern states is in part due to the lifting of some of the most severe restrictions imposed by Jim Crow laws.

An import tax could raise car prices by thousands

Chicago Tribune | 2017-03-13

"This is a price increase, and the consumer will bear an awful lot of the burden," Michigan State University professor of economics Charles Ballard said. "There are things you can do with a scalpel that might create jobs, but if you use a meat ax, you're likely to do harm. I'm afraid in one or two years we'll wake up to the recognition that this policy had many unintended consequences."

Trump’s border tax could hike car prices

The Lima News | 2017-03-12

“This is a price increase, and the consumer will bear an awful lot of the burden,” Michigan State University professor of economics Charles Ballard said. “There are things you can do with a scalpel that might create jobs, but if you use a meat ax, you’re likely to do harm. I’m afraid in one or two years we’ll wake up to the recognition that this policy had many unintended consequences.”