Dr. Alexander Smith

Associate Professor




Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor of Economics whose research focuses labor economics and public economics with a particular emphasis on the long-run effects of policy interventions on outcomes related to social mobility.  He teaches the SS387 Public Economics and SS489C Research Methods in Economics courses. He is also the Director of the Economics Thesis program and the Executive Director of the Economics Curriculum Advisory Committee.  Dr. Smith received his B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Williams College and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Visit Dr. Smith’s personal website at https://www.alexanderaptsmith.com/

Ongoing Research Projects

“Investing in Infants: The Lasting Effects of a Cash Transfers to New Families” (with Andrew Barr and Jonathan Eggleston). Revise and Resubmit, Quarterly Journal of Economics.

"The Long-Run Effects of Universal Pre-K on Criminal Activity". Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

“The Effects of (Free) College on Earnings and Health Across the Life Cycle” (with Andrew Barr and Adam Roberts).

“Combining Predictive Analytics and Field Experiments: Lessons for Veteran Unemployment and Public Management” (with Susan Carter and William Skimmyhorn).

“In-Kind Benefits: Evidence from Puerto Rico” (with Andrew Barr and Adam Roberts).

Publications & Presentations

“The Effect of Early Childhood Education on Adult Criminality: Evidence from the 1960s through 1990s” (with John Anders and Andrew Barr). Forthcoming, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. [Link]

"Fighting crime in the cradle: The effects of early childhood access to nutritional assistance" (with Andrew Barr). Journal of Human Resources (2021). [Link]

"The Minimum Wage and Teen Educational Attainment." Labour Economics (2021). [Link]

"Who Will Fight? The All-Volunteer Army after 9/11" (with Susan Carter and Carl Wojtaszek). AER Papers and Proceedings (2017). [Link]

Selected Presentations:

National Bureau of Economic Research Summer Institute Public Economics Program (2021)

National Bureau of Research Economics of Mobility Conference (2021)

SUNY Binghamton Invited Seminar Postponed due to Covid-19 (2021)

Texas A&M University Invited Seminar Cancelled due to Covid-19 (2020)

Institute for Research on Poverty Annual Summer Research Workshop (2019)

Williams College Invited Seminar (2019)

American Economic Association Conference (2017)

Society of Labor Economists Annual Meeting (2016)

McCourt School of Public Policy Georgetown University Invited Seminar (2015)