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Charles M. Clark, Ph.D.

Economics and Finance
PhD, History of Economic Thought, Industrial Organization, New School for Social Research
BA, Economics, Fordham University

Dr. Clark is Senior Fellow, Vincentian Center for Church and Society and Professor of Economics. He earned a B.A. from Fordham University and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research, writing his dissertation under the supervision of Robert Heilbronner. He is the author of Economic Theory and Natural Philosophy (1992), Pathways to a Basic Income (with John Healy) (1997); Basic Income: Economic Security for All Canadians (with Sally Lerner and Robert Needlham) (1999) and The Basic Income Guarantee: Ensuring Progress and Prosperity in the 21st Century (2002) and the editor of History and Historians of Political Economy (1994); Institutional Economics and the Theory of Social Value (1995); Unemployment in Ireland (with Catherine Kavanagh) (1998) and Rethinking Abundance (with Helen Alford, Steve Cortright and Mike Naughton) (2005). He has lectured widely in the United States and Europe. He has more than 130 publications and has made more than 90 professional presentations. Dr. Clark is past President of Association for Evolutionary Economics and Past President of the Association for Institutionalist Thought. Past positions include: Associate Editor of the Review of Business, book review editor of History of Economic Ideas; the Board of Directors of the Association for Evolutionary Economics. His current research interests include: basic income policies; poverty and income inequality; the Irish economy; alternative measures of economic and social well-being; Catholic social thought and the role of values and ethics in the economy. Dr. Clark has been Visiting Professor of Economics at University College Cork, Ireland and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome.   Dr. Clark has also served as a consultant on fiscal impact analysis; the economic impact of baseball stadiums; on tax and social welfare reforms and labor economics. The son of two librarians, Dr. Clark lives on Long Island (where he was born) with his wife and three children. He came in 246 in Real World Economics Review 2006 reader’s poll of the “Greatest 20th Century Economists” (tied with four Nobel Laureates and GK Chesterton).

Teaching Interests

History of Economic Thought, Poverty and Income Inequality

Research Interests

Various projects relating to: Basic Income policies; Income and Wealth Inequality; Catholic Social Thought and Economy Theory (Book); Economic Wisdom of John Paul II (Book).

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Journal Articles

Clark, C. M. (2015). Pope Francis and American Economics. Horizons. vol. 42, pp. 128-140.

Charles M. Clark, Ph.D.