Nathaniel W. Smith


Entrepreneurship, International Trade, and Political Economy
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics entering my 4th year at George Mason University, as well as 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 driving force of the market system and the interaction between the entrepreneur and the 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 that explore the relationship between government and the entrepreneur, unproductive and productive entrepreneur’s interaction with trade policy, and the institutions of a market economy. 
 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. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., I was a high school teacher at Chesaning Union High School (2010–18), where I taught economics, math, and founded an Entrepreneurship Club. 

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Nathaniel W. Smith


Ph.D. Candidate in Economics @ George Mason University


nsmith39@gmu.edu