Bennett Baack

Bennett Baack

Bennett Baack

Professor Emeritus


407 Arps Hall
1945 N. High St.
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • American Economic History
  • European Economic History
  • Public Finance
  • Public Choice


  • University of Washington: Ph.D. in Economics, 1972
  • University of Iowa: BA in Economics, 1965

Ben Baack is Professor Emeritus of Economics at The Ohio State University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington where the chair of his dissertation committee was Nobel laureate Douglass C. North.  While at Ohio State Dr. Baack has been the recipient of various teaching awards, including The Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.  At the departmental level he has twice received the Ohio State University Undergraduate Economic Society Award for Excellence in Economics Instruction by a Faculty Member.  He has also been inducted into Ohio State’s Academy of Teaching.

Dr. Baack has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics, faculty advisor to the Undergraduate Economics Society, and co-chairman of the Political Economy Internship Program.

Dr. Baack’s published research has addressed a wide variety of issues in both American and European economic history.  Examples include issues involving tax reform, international trade, governmental programs such as social security, veterans pensions, and national defense as well as the reasons for and consequences of the emergence of private property rights to land.  His articles have appeared in such journals as Economic Inquiry, Journal of Economic History, Journal of European Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, Economy and History, Research in Economic History, Financial History Review, and the Journal of Legal Studies.  

Dr. Baack’s current interest and recently published research involves addressing a variety of financial, fiscal, monetary, and constitutional issues in American economic history during the period from the onset of the 7 Years War through the War of 1812.