Austin Smith

Associate Professor & Director of MECO



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

  • Associate Professor, Miami University, 2021-present
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Economics, 2021-present
  • Assistant Professor, Miami University, 2015-2021
  • Research Affiliate, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), 2019-present

Recent Publications

  • "Greek Life, Academics, and Earnings." with William Even. Forthcoming at Journal of Human Resources.
  • "Occupational Licensing of Social Services and Nursing Home Quality: A Regression Discontinuity Approach." with John R. Bowblis. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 74(1), pp. 199-223, 2021.
  • "Nursing Home Social Service Departments and Post-Acute Care: Does More Qualified Staff Improve Behavioral Symptoms and Reduce Antipsychotic Drug Use?" with John Bowblis and Amy Roberts. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 21(3), pp. 388-394, 2020.
  • "All-in or checked-out? Disincentives and selection in income share agreements." with Greg Madonia. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 161, pp. 52-67, 2019.
  • "Legal Access to Alcohol and Academic Performance: Who is Affected" with Joung Yeob Ha. Economics of Education Review, 72, pp. 19-22, 2019.
  • "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

  • Outstanding Professor Awards Top 12 (selected by Miami University's Associated Student Government), 2021
  • Selected as an Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) Research Affiliate, 2019
  • 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, Economics of Education, Health Economics
  • Teaching: Applied Microeconometrics, Labor Economics


Austin Smith received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado in 2015 and is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. His research interests are in labor economics, the economics of education, 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, labor economics, and applied microeconometrics.


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Austin Smith

Contact Information

Office Hours

  • T 12:45-1:45 (In Person)
  • Zoom by request
  • And by appointment


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