Stephen C. Smith
Research Fellow

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Smith Stephen C. Smith is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University, where he is also Director of the Institute for International Economic Policy. Smith received his Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University and has been a Fulbright Research Scholar, a Jean Monnet 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 is the co-author with Michael Todaro of Economic Development, now in its 12th Edition (Addison-Wesley/ Pearson, 2014). He is also author of Ending Global Poverty: A Guide to What Works (paperback edition Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), and co-editor with Jennifer Brinkerhoff and Hildy Teegen of NGOs and the Millennium Development Goals: Citizen Action to Reduce Poverty (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). He is also author or coauthor of about 45 professional journal articles and many other publications.

Smith’s recent research has focused on extreme poverty and strategies and programs to address it; and on the economics of adaptation to climate change in low-income countries, emphasizing autonomous adaptation by households and communities and its effects. Smith is principal investigator on the BASIS-funded "Project on Complementarities of Training, Technology, and Credit in Smallholder Agriculture: Impact, Sustainability, and Policy for Scaling-up in Senegal and Uganda." In addition to development economics, Smith has contributed to the economic analysis of labor participation, including works councils and similar programs of employee representation, worker cooperatives, employee ownership, and profit sharing.

Smith organized and served as first director of GWU’s International Development Studies Program. He has done on site research and program work in developing countries including Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Peru, Uganda, and Former Yugoslavia; and has been a consultant for the World Bank, the International Labour Organization (ILO, Geneva), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF), and the World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER, Helsinki).

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2012.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
11066  Uwe Jirjahn
Stephen C. Smith
Nonunion Employee Representation: Theory and the German Experience with Mandated Works Councils
(forthcoming in: Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics)
10641  Ram Fishman
Stephen C. Smith
Vida Bobić
Munshi Sulaiman
How Sustainable Are Benefits from Extension for Smallholder Farmers? Evidence from a Randomized Phase-Out of the BRAC Program in Uganda
9402  Tony Castleman
James Foster
Stephen C. Smith
Person Equivalent Headcount Measures of Poverty
(published in: Inequality and Growth: Patterns and Policy, edited by Kaushik Basu and Joseph Stiglitz, Palgrave MacMillan, 2016, Chapter 3, pages 101-127)
9206  Yao Pan
Stephen C. Smith
Munshi Sulaiman
Agricultural Extension and Technology Adoption for Food Security: Evidence from Uganda
8165  Verena Dill
Uwe Jirjahn
Stephen C. Smith
Do Foreign Owners Favor Short-Term Profit? Evidence from Germany
(published in: Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2016, 40(1), 123-140)
7593  Virginia Robano
Stephen C. Smith
Multidimensional Targeting and Evaluation: A General Framework with an Application to a Poverty Program in Bangladesh
6862  M. Shahe Emran
Fenohasina Maret-Rakotondrazaka
Stephen C. Smith
Education and Freedom of Choice: Evidence from Arranged Marriages in Vietnam
(published in: Journal of Development Studies, Vol 50, No. 4, pages 481-501, 2014)
IZA Policy Papers:
No. Author(s)
68 Stephen C. Smith
Jonathan Rothbaum
Cooperatives in a Global Economy: Key Economic Issues, Recent Trends, and Potential for Development
(published in: Co-operatives in a Post-Growth Era: Creating Co-operative Economics, Sonja Novkovic and Tom Webb, eds., pages 221-241, 2014, Zed Books (Distributed by University of Chicago Press))