He grew up in San Francisco, received an undergraduate degree in mathematics at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, then attended graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, receiving a Ph.D. in Economics in 2003.
Bauman is an environmental economist, working as a teacher at the University of Washington, in the Program on the Environment,[clarification needed] Bainbridge Graduate School, and Lakeside School. He is the co-author of the 1998 book Tax Shift which advocates switching taxation from income and property to resource consumption.
Bauman bills himself as the "world's first and only stand-up economist."
- The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, Volume 1: Microeconomics
- The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, Volume 2: Macroeconomics
- Stand-Up Economics: The Micro Textbook
- Tax Shift (with Alan Durning)
- The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change (with Grady Klein)
- Chansanchai, Athima (January 29, 2007). "Do-gooders and good humor mix well on Non-Profit Nights, and that's no joke". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved October 25, 2009.
- Carey, John (April 13, 1998). "Give Green Taxes a Green Light". BusinessWeek. Retrieved October 25, 2009.
- Kim, Susan (January 15, 2009). "Didja Hear the One About the Funny Economist?". Time. Retrieved October 25, 2009.
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