Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Economics whose research focuses mainly on the intersection of labor economics, public economics, and the economics of crime. He received his B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Williams College in 2006. Before beginning his graduate studies, he worked as an Analyst at NERA Economic Consulting in New York City. Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia in 2015. His dissertation examined the impact of minimum wage on schooling decisions and the effect of universal Pre-K on later criminal outcomes. At the University of Virginia, Dr. Smith was an Institute of Education Sciences Pre-Doctoral fellow and the co-principal investigator on a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation. In 2015, he was awarded the New Scholar award by the Association for Education Finance and Policy and the IPUMS Research Award by the Minnesota Population Center.
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