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.

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: Personnel Economics, Applied Microeconometrics, Health Economics, Environmental Economics
  • Teaching: Applied Microeconometrics, Personnel 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 applied microeconomics with a focus on policy evaluation and how workers respond to incentives. His current research projects examine the social costs of Daylight Saving Time, the impact of alternative compensation structures on employee output, and short-run labor supply decisions of professional poker players. Dr. Smith enjoys teaching courses in microeconomics and applied microeconometrics.


  • FALL 2018
  • ECO 315 A MW 8:30-9:50, FSB 0032
  • ECO 315 D MW 10:05-11:25, FSB 0032

Contact Information

Office Hours

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


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