Austin Smith

Assistant Professor



Academic Background

  • Ph.D. University of Colorado, Economics, 2015
  • M.A. University of Colorado, Economics, 2012
  • B.S. summa cum laude, Bentley University, Economics and Finance, and Global Perspectives, 2010

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Miami University (2015-Present)

Recent Publications

  • "Spring Forward at Your Own Risk: Daylight Saving Time and Fatal Vehicle Crashes." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 8(2), pp. 65-91, April 2016.
  • "Occupational Licensing of Social Services and Nursing Home Quality: A Regression Discontinuity Approach." with John R. Bowblis. Forthcoming at Industrial and Labor Relations Review.

Honors and Awards

  • Reuben A. Zubrow Fellowship in Economics, University of Colorado, 2014
  • The Best Should Teach Silver Award, University of Colorado, 2013

Professional Interests

  • Research: Labor Economics, Public Economics, Health Economics, Economics of Education
  • Teaching: Applied Microeconometrics, Labor Economics


Austin Smith received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado in 2015 and is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. His research interests are in labor, public, and health economics. His current research projects examine examine the impact of compensation structure on employee output, occupational licensing, and factors affecting the academic performance of college students. Dr. Smith enjoys teaching courses in microeconomics and applied microeconometrics.


  • SPRING 2019
  • ECO 671 A TR 10:05-11:25, FSB 0032
  • ECO 315 A TR 8:30-9:50, FSB 0038

Contact Information

Office Hours

  • M 9:00-10:30
  • T 12:30-2:00
  • And By Appointment


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