Nathaniel W. Smith


Entrepreneurship, International Trade, and Political Economy
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics in my 4th year at George Mason University and a Graduate Fellow in the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. 
 
 My research focuses on entrepreneurship, international trade, and political economy. I study the entrepreneur as the market system's driving force and the interaction between the entrepreneur and government.  My dissertation is titled "The Market Process: Entrepreneurship, Intervention, and the Role of the State.” My committee chairman is Christopher Coyne.
 
My article "Alert-Judgment: Ford's Entrepreneurial Five-Dollar Day" is forthcoming at the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. I am currently developing projects exploring the relationship between government and the entrepreneur, the entrepreneur’s interaction with trade policy, and market economy institutions. 
I received a B.A. in history from Michigan State University (1999), an M.A. in economics & entrepreneurship education from the University of Delaware (2017), and an M.A. (2020) and Ph.D. (2022, expected) in economics from George Mason University. Before pursuing a Ph.D., I was a high school teacher at Chesaning Union High School (2010–18), where I taught economics, entrepreneurship, math and founded an Entrepreneurship Club. 

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Ph.D. Candidate in Economics @ George Mason University