Stephen C Smith

Stephen C. Smith

Professor of Economics
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 is the Director of the Institute for International Economic Policy at the George Washington University, where he is Professor of Economics and International Affairs.  Smith received his Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University and has been a Fulbright Research Scholar, a Jean Monnet Research Fellow, and IZA Research Fellow, a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings, a Fulbright Senior Specialist, a member of the Advisory Council of BRAC USA, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

Smith has done on-site research and program work in several regions of the developing world including Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, India, Uganda, and Former Yugoslavia, and has been a consultant for the World Bank, the International Labour Office (ILO, Geneva), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Institute for Development Economics Research (UN-WIDER, Helsinki). Smith has also conducted extensive research on the economics of employee participation, including works councils, ESOPs, and labor cooperatives, which has included on-site research in Italy, Spain, and Germany, as well as China and India. 




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).