||Stephen C. Smith is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University, where he is Director of the Research Program in Poverty, Development, and Globalization. Smith is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, and serves on the Advisory Council of BRAC USA.
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, and a Fulbright Senior Specialist. From 2009 - 2012, he served as Director of the Institute for International Economic Policy at GWU. Smith was Associate Editor at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization from 2007 - 2013.
Smith is the co-author with Michael Todaro of Economic Development (11th Ed., Addison-Wesley, and Pearson, 2011), 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 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Smith 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. Topics of recent papers include poverty program multiple-indicator targeting and outcomes (applied to household panel data from Bangladesh), the impact of education on arranged marriage (applied to Vietnam), multidimensional and interlocking poverty traps (applied to Ethiopian panel data), ultra-poverty, comparative analysis of anti-poverty strategies, and economic analysis of NGO organizational structure. 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. Smith 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.