Charles Waldauer, professor emeritus of economics at Widener, lecturer, and author, dies at 86 – The Philadelphia Inquirer

by | Apr 18, 2022 | Financial

Charles Waldauer, 86, formerly of Rose Tree, Delaware County, a professor emeritus of economics at Widener University, lecturer, and author, died Sunday, April 10, of heart failure at the Foulkeways at Gwynedd retirement community.Dr. Waldauer was interested in a wide range of topics that included gender differences in performance on college economics exams and the financing of modern public education. He joined the faculty at Widener in 1968 and, over nearly four decades, earned the school’s distinguished service award and was interim dean of the school of business, head of the economics department, and chairman of the department’s social sciences division. He also taught economics previously at Rutgers University and the University of Delaware.An authority on taxes, inflation, unemployment rates, and other economic issues, Dr. Waldauer authored and coauthored many research papers, including examinations of sex discrimination in pay and the fiscal interdependence of local governments. He was published in the National Tax Journal, the Journal of Economic Education, the Journal of Finance, and other publications.In a 2001 paper in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues, he and two other Widener professors looked at how parental occupation and socio-economic status influenced the choice of a major by college students. “By understanding the students’ decision-making process, faculty and administrators can better respond to current needs and anticipate future ones,” the authors wrote.He also specialized in how monetary policy could stabilize economic activity and the effect strategic planning has on the development of academic programs and curriculum changes. “Higher education suffers from chronic imbalances in academic labor markets,” he and coauthor Surendra Pal wrote in a 1988 paper called “Imbalanced Faculty: A Persistent Problem in Higher Education.”He was a member of the Nashville-based American Economic Association, the Washington-based National Tax Association, and other economic-oriented organizations. He was also a fellow at Syracuse University’s Ma …

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