Charles North

Associate Director - Baylor Business Fellows - Economics
Associate Professor - Economics

Contact Information

Campus Phone:  (254) 710-6229
Fax:  (254) 710-6142
Mailing Address:  One Bear Place #98003
Waco, TX  76706
Office Location:  Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation¬†120.07

Office Hours

Fall 2021
MW 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
or by appointment

Educational Background

  • PHD - Economics, University of Texas
  • MSECO - Economics, University of Texas
  • JD - Law, Duke University
  • MBA - Business Administration, Baylor University
  • BA - Business Administration, Baylor University

Work Experience

  • Department Chair, Baylor University Department of Economics (August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2021)
  • Visiting Scholar, George Mason University Center for the Economic Study of Religion (January 2007 - April 2007)
  • Associate Professor, Baylor University (August 2005 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Baylor University (August 1998 - July 2005)
  • Associate, Skelton & Woody (May 1995 - July 1998)
  • Graduate Assistant, University of Texas at Austin (August 1994 - July 1998)
  • Associate, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P. (September 1990 - July 1994)

Awards and Honors

  • Dean's Club, Baylor University Honors College (April 2022)
  • Light Your World Award, Phi Kappa Chi (April 2017)
  • Light Your World Award, Phi Kappa Chi (April 2015)
  • Light Your World Award, Phi Kappa Chi (April 2013)
  • Recognition, Phi Beta Kappa (December 2007)
  • Recognition, Phi Beta Kappa (May 2007)
  • Recognition, Phi Beta Kappa (May 2007)
  • Baylor University Award for Outstanding Faculty, Baylor University (May 2005)
  • Recognition, Phi Beta Kappa (May 2004)
  • Recognition, Phi Beta Kappa (May 2003)
  • Recognition, Phi Beta Kappa (May 2002)
  • Recognition, Phi Beta Kappa (May 2000)

Licensures and Certifications

  • Attorney, State Bar of Texas (November 1990 - Present)

Professional Memberships

  • Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture (January 2005 - Present)
  • Association of Christian Economists (August 1999 - Present)
  • American Economic Association (August 1997 - Present)


Basic or Discovery Scholarship

English, L.K., North, C.M. (2023). Religion and Economic Growth. In: Zimmermann, K.F. (eds) Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics. Springer, Cham.

Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality: Association of Christian Economists, Fall 2020.

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Priming the Jury by Asking for Donations: An Empirical and Experimental Study," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 160, (April 2019), pp. 158-167 (coauthors: Jason Aimone, Lucas Rentschler).

The Economics of Religion, West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, August 2018.

"Do Students Respond to Their Grades? Evidence From Introductory Finance," Journal Of Economic Insight, Vol. 44, No. 2, (2018), pp. 1-20 (coauthors: Finley Edwards, Ernest Fletcher).

Book Review of "Economic Growth: Unleashing the Potential of Human Flourishing", Spring 2015.

Book Review of "The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion", Spring 2014.

"Regulation of Religious Markets," , Oxford: Oxford University Press, January 2014 (coauthors: Paul Oslington).

"Religion, Corruption, and the Rule of Law," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Vol. 45, No. 5, (August 2013), pp. 757-779 (coauthors: Wafa Hakim Orman, Carl R. Gwin).

Review of "Economic Origins of Roman Christianity", March 2013.

"Rainfall or Rainmaking? Lawyers, Courts, and the Price of Mold Insurance in Texas," Journal of Risk and Insurance, The, Vol. 79, No. 3, (September 2012), pp. 817-839 (coauthors: James R. Garven, Carl R. Gwin).

"Not Just Guidelines: Pirate Codes and the Emergence of Property Rights in "The Invisible Hook"," Review of Austrian Economics, The, Vol. 23, No. 3, (September 2010), pp. 307-313.

"Religion and the Emergence of the Rule of Law," , Berlin, August 2010 (coauthors: Carl Gwin).

"Giving: The Rich, the Poor, and the Widow's Mite," , Waco, TX, September 2008 (coauthors: Rodney Stark, Wafa Hakim Orman, Carl R. Gwin).

"Going to College, Getting a Job: What Happens When Mom and Dad Take Their Kids to Church," , Waco, TX, September 2008 (coauthors: Rodney Stark, Wafa Hakim Orman, Carl R. Gwin).

Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

"Consider How One Person Can Make A Difference," (July 2008) (coauthors: Bob Smietana). Excerpt from Epilogue of Good Intentions

"Pollution Isn't Sin, but It Leaves a Stain," (June 2008) (coauthors: Bob Smietana). Excerpt from Chapter 10 of Good Intentions

"Rejecting Immigrants Runs Afoul of Biblical Teachings, Book Says," (June 2008) (coauthors: Bob Smietana). Excerpt from Chapter 9 of Good Intentions

"Forgiving Debt Could Change the World: Rock Star Bono Leads the Way in Helping the "Bottom Billion"," (June 2008) (coauthors: Bob Smietana). Excerpt from Chapter 5 of Good Intentions

"Must the Poor Always Be with Us? What Do We Do?," (June 2008) (coauthors: Bob Smietana). Excerpt of Chapters 3 & 4 of Good Intentions

"Self-Interest Combined with Faith Can Bring About Great Things," (May 2008) (coauthors: Bob Smietana). Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Good Intentions

"Shopping for Justice: The Trouble with Good Intentions," (March 2008), pp. 30-33 (coauthors: Bob Smietana). Excerpt from Chapter 8 of Good Intentions

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

Good Intentions: Nine Hot Button Issues Viewed Through the Eyes of Faith, Chicago, IL, February 2008 (coauthors: Bob Smietana).

Review of "The Marketplace of Christianity", Spring 2007.

"The Employment Effects of a "Good Cause" Discharge Standard in Montana," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 59, No. 1, (October 2005), pp. 17-33 (coauthors: Bradley T. Ewing, Beck A. Taylor).

"The Biblical Underpinnings of Tit-for-Tat: Scriptural Insights Into Axelrod's 'The Evolution of Cooperation'," Faith & Economics, No. 44, (Fall 2004), pp. 1-25 (coauthors: Beck A. Taylor).

"Religious Freedom and the Unintended Consequences of the Establishment of Religion," Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 71, No. 1, (July 2004), pp. 103-17 (coauthors: Carl R. Gwin).

Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

"What the Evidence Says about Church and State.," (October 2003), pp. 19-21 (coauthors: Carl R. Gwin).

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

Review of "God and Mammon: Protestants, Money, and the Market, 1790-1860, Fall 2002 (coauthors: Carl R. Gwin).

Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

"Ask the Expert: Seasonally Adjusted Data," (August 2001), pp. 10.

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Remedies for Misrepresentations in Applications in the Presence of Fraudulent Intent," Atlantic Economic Journal, Vol. 29, No. 2, (June 2001), pp. 162-76.

"Empirical Studies in Civil Procedure: A Selected Annotated Bibliography," Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 51, No. 3, (July 1988), pp. 87-207 (coauthors: Michael Chiorazzi, Barbara A. Baccari, Karen R. Cashion, Christopher R. Hart, Donald M. Nielsen, William T. O'Neil).

Presentations and Proceedings

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Reexamining the Effects of State Religion on Religious Attendance," presented at the Annual Conference, Orange, CA, March 2018 (coauthors: Matthew M. Swift).
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