Charles W. Baird received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. He then spent five years on the faculty at UCLA. He was Professor of Economics at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) from 1973 to his retirement in July 2007. He was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Business and Economics from 2005 - 2007. He has been a Visiting Professor at Stanford University, the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala. Dr. Baird is a member, and a past Vice President and member of the Board of Directors, of the Mont Pelerin Society. He was Director of the Smith Center for Private Enterprise Studies at CSUEB from its founding in 1991 to his retirement in 2007. Dr. Baird is a quarterly columnist in The Freeman, a magazine devoted to free market principles and published by the Foundation for Economic Education, Irvington-on-Hudson, NY.