Ron Baiman

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Ron Baiman

Ron (sometimes Rhon) P. Baiman was, until circa 2010, a Policy Research Project Development Analyst at Loyola University in Chicago, as well as an visiting assistant professor at the University of Chicago.[1]

He is now is the Director of Budget and Policy Analysis at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.[2]

Married to Michelle Baiman. Father of Jeremy Baiman.


Baiman also worked at Loyola University’s Center for Urban Research and Learning, the Institute of Government and Public Affairs of the University of Illinois, and the Center for Urban Economic Development at University of Illinois at Chicago, where he researched topics such as Wal-Mart’s impact on local economic development, the impact of Illinois minimum wage increases, Chicago Living Wage Ordinances, and exit polls from the 2004 Presidential election.

Baiman has received research grants from the Russell Sage Foundation and from the Woods Fund of Chicago. He has also taught classes on international and regional economics at the University of Chicago, DePaul University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Roosevelt University where he was an Assistant Professor of Economics; published papers on regional, public, and international political economics in a number of peer reviewed journals; co-edited a book: Political Economy and Contemporary Capitalism that received the Choice award for “Best Academic Title” in 2000; and has served on the Editorial Board of the Review of Radical Political Economics for many years. [3]


Ron Baiman holds a Ph.D., and an M.A. with Honors, both in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York City, did graduate work in Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated “very good” (Magna Cum Laude) with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics from Hebrew University, Israel.[4]==Comrades== West Cook Chicago Democratic Socialists of America with Ron Baiman November 2019.

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With Matt Cotten, Tim Thomas, Paul Sakol, Hilda Schlatter.

DSA Members Organizing Against Trump

DSA Members Organizing Against Trump was a letter released early October 2010 to shore up Democratic Socialists of America support for Joe Biden.

Signatories included Ron Baiman, Chicago Democratic Socialists of America.

Socialist Scholars Conference 1990

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1990, held September 6-8, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[5]

Computer Systems: Social Construction and Employment Effects

New Jersey DSA

In 1990 Baiman chaired the Central New Jersey Democratic Socialists of America local. [6]

Illinois Public Action

In 1995 Ron Baiman was a member of the board of directors of Illinois Public Action.[7]

DSA activism

In 1995 Ron Baiman was teaching economics at Rockefeller University. He was an activist in Chicago Democratic Socialists of America and a veteran of the New York DSA Economics Study Group.[8]


cy.Rev: A Journal of Cybernetic Revolution, Sustainable Socialism and Radical Democracy.

Midwest Radical Scholars & Activists Conference 1997

D. Welfare Reform, Income Policy & Trade Unions

Center for Democratic Values

In 2007, economist Baiman was a member of the Center for Democratic Values.[10]

DSA work/teaching

In 2004 Chicago Democratic Socialists of America member Ron Baiman is a research professor at the Center for Urban Economic Development of the University of Illinois at Chicago and an Editorial Board member of the Review of Radical Political Economics. For the last four years he has been co-teaching a course on “Globalization and Neo-Liberalism” at the University of Chicago. He serves on DSA’s National Political Committee.[11]

Union for Radical Political Economics

Between 2008 and 2009, Ron Baiman served on the Editorial Board for the the Review of Radical Political Economics, the journal of the Union for Radical Political Economics. URPE is an alternative professional organization for left political economists and an intellectual home for academics, policy-makers, and activists.[12]

Chicago Political Economy Group

In 2009 Chicago Political Economy Group members included Bill Barclay, Ron Baiman, Sidney Hollander, Haydar Kurban, Joe Persky, Elce Redmond and Mel Rothenberg[13].

Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

We Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a 2018 letter signed by several Democratic Socialists of America members mainly from the DSA North Star in response to attacks on Ocasio-Cortez over remarks she made on Palestine.

A recent petition circulated by some DSA members criticizes Ocasio-Cortez for supporting a two state solution to the Palestine-Israel question and not aligning with a long list of demands regarding Palestine and Israel. Should Ocasio-Cortez fail to agree with this list of demands, the petitioners are calling for DSA to revoke her endorsement. These attacks on Ocasio-Cortez have come despite the fact that she has staked out positions which will make her one of the strongest advocates of Palestinian rights and self-determination in Congress.
We stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The position she has taken on Israel and Palestine are principled stances, worthy of a democratic socialist, in its recognition of both Palestinian humanity and rights and Israeli humanity and rights. On this issue, as many, she will be a voice for the voiceless in Congress.

Signatures included Ron Baiman.[14]

Toward Radical Democracy

Toward Radical Democracy was a 2018 "Proposal for Internal Voting Reform in Boston DSA".

If you would like to sign on in support of this proposal, please click here. To date, over 100 members of Boston DSA have endorsed it. We also welcome support from DSA comrades in other chapters.

Signatories also included non Boston comrades such as Ron Baiman.





  2. [ Center for Tax and Budget Accountability bio]
  3. [ Center for Tax and Budget Accountability bio]
  4. [ Center for Tax and Budget Accountability bio]
  5. Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.
  6. DEMOCRATIC: LEFT MAY-JUNE 1990, page 8
  7. IPA 20th Anniversary Dinner leaflet
  8. Dem. Left, March/April 1995, page 2
  9. [cy.Rev #4: A Journal of Cybernetic Revolution, Sustainable Socialism and Radical Democracy]
  10. [Democratic Left • Labor Day Issue 1997. page 12]
  12. Review of Radical Political Economics website: Editorial Board
  14. [1]