AB ’68 Econ and Spanish Lit
PhD ’76 Econ
Former Interim Dean, Graduate School and Professor of Economics
Howard University

Dr. Charles L. Betsey, former interim dean of the Graduate School at Howard University, is also a professor of economics, and co-director of the Center on Race and Wealth funded by the Ford Foundation.  

His recent publications include an edited volume, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Transaction Press), “Faculty Research Productivity: Institutional and Personal Determinants of Faculty Publications,” and “Income and Wealth Transfer Effects of Discrimination in Prison Sentencing.”  His current research interests include consumption behavior and wealth accumulation of African Americans, and pay and compensation policies in various labor markets, including the market for college faculty.

Dr. Betsey began his career as a Labor Economist in the Office of Economic Opportunity, Executive Office of the President, where he served from 1971 to 1973.  His duties included conducting research and monitoring a research grant awarded to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Dr. Betsey has served in research and/or policy positions in all three branches of the federal government. From 1976 to 1977, Dr. Betsey held the position of Labor Economist in the U.S. Department of Labor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Evaluation, and Research, where he assisted in various studies including analyzing the labor market implications of the Carter Administration welfare reform proposal and the impact of minimum wages.

From 1977 to 1979, Dr. Betsey was Principal Analyst for the Congressional Budget Office where he authored a report on the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA).  In 1986, as Associate Research Director and Senior Research Economist for the United States Sentencing Commission, he assisted the Commission in assessing research on various issues in criminal sentencing.  He also designed and implemented the Commission’s data collection system to monitor nationwide sentencing.