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Brief Biography

Stephen C. Smith is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University, where he directs the Research Program in Poverty, Development, and Globalization. He received his PhD in economics from Cornell University and has been a Fulbright Research Scholar, a Fulbright Senior Specialist, and a Jean Monnet Research Fellow; he is currently a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, an IZA Research Fellow, and a member of the Advisory Council of BRAC USA.

Professor Smith received his PhD in economics from Cornell University and has been a Fulbright Research Scholar, a Fulbright Senior Specialist, a Jean Monnet Research Fellow, and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Smith served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization from 2007-2013.

From 2009-2012, Smith served as 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. 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.


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 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 or the research paper page.

Stephen C. Smith

Stephen C. Smith

Expertise: Development economics and poverty; developing country financing issues; economics of organization; economics of cooperatives, works councils, and codetermination

Department of Economics Faculty Website

Elliott School of International Affairs Faculty Website

CCAS Faculty Website

Institute for International Economic Policy

Stephen C. Smith at IDEAS

Brookings Institution

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)