Dr. Charles Adams is professor emeritus at John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. Adams directed the college’s Doctoral Studies Program and taught in the economics sequence of the MPA and doctoral programs. Prior to Ohio State, he was an economist with the with the Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission and a research fellow in economic studies and research associate in governmental studies at the Brookings Institution. He earned a doctorate in economics from the State University of New York at Albany.
Adams’ research is on a variety of public economics and policy topics including fiscal federalism, welfare reform, child support enforcement, public service employment, urban development and citizen engagement in local self-government. His work has been published in a variety of academic journals including the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Public Administration and Development, Urban Affairs Quarterly/Review, Social Service Review, Political Science Quarterly and Journal of Human Resources. He has co-authored two books, "Revenue Sharing: The Second Round" (Brookings) and "Public Service Employment: The Experience of a Decade" (Upjohn Institute).
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.