Stephen C Smith

Stephen C. Smith

Professor of Economics, Chair
Address: Hall of Government
2115 G St., NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-8086
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Development economics and poverty; economics of participation; and economics of organization.


Stephen C. Smith has been Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University since 1983.  In 2018 was on sabbatical as UNICEF Senior Research Fellow. He is also a Research Fellow of the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), with which he co-organized a Workshop on the Economics of Employee Representation in Sept. 2018.  Prof. Smith has been a Fulbright Research Scholar, Jean Monnet Research Fellow, Visiting Fellow and then Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a Fulbright Senior Specialist.  Smith is co-author with Michael Todaro of Economic Development, of which the 13th Edition is now in process. He is author of Ending Global Poverty; co-editor with Jennifer Brinkerhoff and Hildy Teegen of NGOs and the Millennium Development Goals; and author or coauthor of over 100 other publications.  Smith has conducted research in Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, Germany, India, Italy, Peru, Senegal, Slovenia, and Uganda.  Professor Smith teaches courses and supervises dissertations primarily in development economics; he has also taught Economics of Poverty Alleviation, International Finance, Intermediate Microeconomics, Writing in the Disciplines (economics), and the International Development Studies masters capstone. He has consulted for the International Labor Organization, United Nations Development Program, United States Agency for International Development, and the World Bank, among others.  He has been a pro bono member of the BRAC-USA Advisory Council since 2007. Stephen Smith's research examines poverty conditions and solutions; economic development strategies; adaptation to climate change; and the economic analysis of cooperatives, works councils, and codetermination. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University.




Ph.D., Cornell University


Smith is the co-author with Michael Todaro of Economic Development (11th Ed., Addison-Wesley and Pearson, 2011); the author of Ending Global Poverty: A Guide to What Works (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005); and co-editor with Jennifer Brinkerhoff and Hildy Teegen of NGOs and the Millennium Development Goals: Citizen Action to Reduce Poverty (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
Smith is also author or coauthor of 45 journal articles, and numerous book chapters and other publications. Details on some of these publications and downloadable working papers may be found on RePEc.

Classes Taught

Professor Smith teaches primarily courses in development economics. For example, this Fall (2016) he is teaching Survey of Economic Development (Econ 6250), and the International Development Studies (IDS) Pre-Capstone Workshop (IAFF 6137).  In Spring 2016 he taught the IDS Capstone Project.  In Spring 2015 he taught undergraduate Economic Development (Econ 2151); in Fall 2014 he taught the Ph.D. course, Development Economics II (Econ 8352); and in Spring 2009 he taught the Ph.D. course, Development Economics I (Econ 8351).  Prof. Smith has also taught development economics Doctoral Seminar (Econ 8395), Survey of Microeconomics (Econ 6217), International Economics II –International Finance (Econ 2182), Global Poverty-Causes and Remedies (Econ 1801), a special Writing in the Discipline (WID) version of Economic Development, international development at the Foreign Service Institute, Economic Effects of Labor Management and Profit Sharing (Econ Ph.D. level, at Cornell), and Transnational Firms and the World Economy (at Johns Hopkins - SAIS).