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Stephen C. Smith

Stephen C. Smith

Professor of Economics and International Affairs

Stephen Smith's work focuses on economic development, with a special focus on solutions to poverty. He also researches economic development strategies, developing country financing issues, and the economics of adaptation to climate change in low-income countries. He has also conducted extensive research on the economics of cooperatives, works councils, and codetermination. He is currently on sabbatical at the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, in Florence, Italy, where he is a UNICEF Senior Fellow.

Economic Development

The 12th edition of Economic Development 12th Ed., which he co-authors with Michael Todaro, was published in 2014. Development of the 13th Edition is currently underway.

Details on some of his other publications and downloadable working papers may be found on RePEc. You can also view citations to his work on Google Scholar.

Some of his other recent discussion papers include:

“Nonunion Employee Representation: Theory and the German Experience with Mandated Works Councils,” with Uwe Jirjahn, IIEP Working Paper 2017-22, published in Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Vol. 89, 1, 2018

“How Sustainable Are Benefits from Extension for Smallholder Farmers? Evidence from a Randomized Phase-Out of the BRAC Program in Uganda,” with Ram Fishman, Vida Bobic, and Munshi Sulaiman, IIEP Working Paper 2017-01

“Person Equivalent Headcount Measures of Poverty,” with James E. Foster and Tony Castleman, IIEP Working Paper #2015-10; Published in Inequality and Growth: Patterns and Policy, edited by Kaushik Basu and Joseph Stiglitz, Palgrave MacMillan, 2016

“Agricultural Extension and Technology Adoption for Food Security: Evidence from Uganda,” with Yao Pan and Munshi Sulaiman, IIEP Working Paper #2015-11, forthcoming in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

“The Two Fragilities: Vulnerability to Conflict, Environmental Stress, and their Interactions as Challenges to Ending Poverty,” in The Last Mile in Ending Extreme Poverty, Washington, Brookings Institution Press, July 2015

“Do Foreign Owners Favor Short-Term Profit? Evidence from Germany,” with Verena Dill and Uwe Jirjahn, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 40, 123–140, 2016

"Multidimensional Targeting and Evaluation: Framework and Application to a Poverty Program in Bangladesh," with Virginia Robano, IZA Discussion Paper 7593

Other publications by Professor Smith