Jeffrey A. Smith

University of Wisconsin, and NBER, USA, and IZA, Germany

I think IZA World of Labor is a truly valuable innovation in the thoughtful translation of academic research into forms readily used by policymakers and journalists. I have also used some of the entries myself as a quick and easy way to introduce students (or even myself) to a literature

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin, USA

Research interest

Experimental and non-experimental methods for the evaluation of interventions, with particular application to social and educational programs

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant to governments in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia on evaluation issues for labor market and educational interventions

Past positions

Faculty at University of Western Ontario (1994–2001); faculty at University of Maryland (2001–2005); faculty at University of Michigan (2005–2017)


PhD Economics, University of Chicago, 1996

Selected publications

  • "Is the threat of reemployment services more effective than the services themselves?" American Economic Review 93:4 (2003): 1313–1327 (with D. Black, M. Berger, and B. Noel).

  • "The economics and econometrics of active labor market programmes." In: Ashenfelter, O. C., and D. Card (eds.). Handbook of Labor Economics, Volume 3A. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1999: 1865–2097 (with J. Heckman and R. LaLonde).

  • "Does matching overcome LaLonde's critique of nonexperimental methods?" Journal of Econometrics 125:1–2 (2005): 305–353 (with P. Todd).

  • "Heterogeneous program impacts: Experimental evidence from the PROGRESA Program." Journal of Econometrics 64 (2008): 487–535 (with H. Djebbari).

  • "Government-sponsored vocational education." In: Hanushek, E. A., S. Machin, and L. Woessmann (eds). Handbook of the Economics of Education, Volume 5. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2016; 479–652 (with B. McCall and C. Wunsch).