Dr. Smith is a Professor of Economics at the University of Houston. He teaches and conducts research in urban economics and public finance. He has been affiliated with the University of Houston since 1973 and has served as chairman of the Economics Department (1987-1990) and as director of the Center for Public Policy (1984-1987). Dr. Smith continues to work with the Center as its senior economist in charge of regional economic analysis. He has conducted numerous studies in housing, transportation and environmental economics, and he has published many articles in academic journals and books. During the past 15 years, Dr. Smith has gained national and local recognition for his analyses of the Houston economy and real estate markets. He wrote the Center’s Handbook on the Houston Economy (1987, 1989) and continues to publish two symposium reports per year on Houston’s economy and real estate markets.
Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Brigham Young University (1969) and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago (1971, 1974).