Daniel J. Smith

Daniel J. Smith

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, Troy University

Daniel J. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University. Dr. Smith earned his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University in 2011. While at George Mason, Dr. Smith was a PhD Fellow with the Mercatus Center, as well as a BB&T Fellow of Capitalism in his first year and the Oloffson Weaver Fellow of Political Economy in his final year.

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Peter J. Boettke, Daniel J. Smith | Dec 2015
Attempting to find the technically optimal monetary policy is futile if the Federal Reserve’s independence is undermined by political influences. F. A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, and James Buchanan each sought ways to improve the performance of the Federal Reserve.
Scott Beaulier, Daniel J. Smith | Oct 2015
One of the lingering questions for development economists is that of economic transition and whether development can be promoted by a strong political leader. Earlier writings on leadership and economic development tend to fall into one of two camps: (1) leaders matter and can contribute positively to economic growth, or (2) leaders seldom have positive effects and, at best, can avoid doing a great deal of harm. This article establishes a third option—a middle-ground position—between these two views.
Daniel J. Smith, Daniel Sutter | Oct 17, 2012
This paper surveys the research on cronyism and the available methods of measuring it—in particular, using surveys to measure the perception of cronyism. We also make suggestions for improving our measurements of cronyism.
Daniel J. Smith, Peter J. Boettke | May 02, 2010
"Private Solutions to Public Disasters: Self-Reliance and Social Resilience" is a chapter in the book The Economics of Natural and Unnatural Disasters, edited by William Kern.

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