Stephen C. Smith

Stephen C Smith
Title:
Professor of Economics, Chair
Office:
Hall of Government 311
Phone:
202-994-8086
Email:
[email protected]
Website:
https://iiep.gwu.edu/stephen-smith/

Areas of Expertise

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

CV

Background

Stephen Smith is Department Chair and Professor of Economics. He is also a Research Fellow of the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), and has served twice as Director of the Institute for International Economic Policy. 
Professor Smith’s work focuses on economic development, with an emphasis on solutions to poverty. He also researches economic development strategies, developing country financing issues, and the economics of adaptation to climate change in low-income countries. In addition, he has conducted extensive research on the economics of cooperatives, works councils, and codetermination.
Preparation of the 13th edition of Economic Development, which he co-authors with Michael Todaro, has been completed, and the book is scheduled for publication in April 2020.  Prof. Smith is also author or coauthor of over 50 journal articles, and many other publications including Ending Global Poverty: A Guide to What Works.
Prof. Smith has received awards and fellowships including appointments as Fulbright Research Scholar, Jean Monnet Research Fellow, IZA Research Fellow, Visiting Fellow and Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution, Fulbright Senior Specialist, and most recently UNICEF Senior Research Fellow during his sabbatical in 2018.
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 done on‑site research and program work in developing countries including Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, India, Peru, Senegal and Uganda.  Smith is a member of the BRAC-USA Advisory Council, and has consulted for the World Bank, United Nations Development Program, USAID, International Labor Organization, and World Institute for Development Economics Research.

 

Education

Ph.D., Cornell University

Classes Taught

Econ 2151 Economic Development
Econ 2195 Special Topics (Economics of Poverty Alleviation)
Econ 6217 Survey of Economics (Intermediate Microeconomic Theory)
Econ 6250 Survey of Development Economics
Econ 8351 Development Economics I
Econ 8352 Development Economics II