Karl Smith Portrait

Karl Smith

Director of Economic Research

Dr. Karl Smith is the director of economic research at the Niskanen Center. He is an expert in public finance, political economy, and international monetary economics. He was previously Assistant Professor of Economics and Government at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Government. While at UNC, Dr. Smith founded the highly regarded economics blog and social media presence, Modeled Behavior. There, he provided extensive analysis on the global financial crisis, the Greek debt crisis, the U.S. long term fiscal imbalance, and the implications of Artificial Intelligence and advanced technology on the future of growth and wages. Dr. Smith has also published analysis and commentary in the Financial Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Forbes, and The Atlantic. He holds both a B.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University.