Stephen C. Smith is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University. He received his PhD in economics from Cornell University and has been a Fulbright Research Scholar and a Jean Monnet Research Fellow. 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 some three dozen journal articles, and numerous other publications. He serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Smith is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Poverty Alleviation and International Development. He also serves on the Advisory Council of BRAC USA.
Smith is Director of the Institute for International Economic Policy, where he helped create its four signature initiatives: climate adaptation in developing countries; extreme poverty; global economic governance; and the “G2 at GW” series. He was the director of the Research Program in Poverty, Development, and Globalization from 2001-2009. In the 1990s, he designed and served as first director of GW's International Development Studies Program. 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. For more details you can download Stephen Smith's CV.
Professor Smith teaches primarily courses in
development economics. For example, in Fall (2009) he taught undergraduate
Economic Development (Econ 2151); in Spring 2009 he taught the Ph.D. course,
Development Economics I (Econ 8351); in Fall 2011 he taught Survey of Economic
Development (Econ 6250) primarily for M.A. students in the International
Development Studies Program; and in Fall 2006 he taught Economics of Poverty
Alleviation (Econ 3195.10). He has also taught Development Economics II (Econ
8352) and a development Doctoral Seminar (Econ 8395), Survey of Microeconomics
(Econ 6217), International Economics II – International Finance (Econ 2182),
Global Poverty-Causes and Remedies (Econ 1801), the International Development
Studies Program capstone seminar (Elliott School), Economic Effects of Labor
Management and Profit Sharing (Econ Ph.D. level, at Cornell), and Transnational
Firms and the World Economy (as Johns Hopkins - SAIS).
PhD, Cornell University
Reasearch Interests: Development economics and poverty; economics of participation; and economics of organization.