Meet the Faculty
David M. Smith, PhD
Interim Dean and Associate Professor of Economics
Phone: (310) 568-5590
- PhD, Michigan State University
- MA, Michigan State University
- BA, Wheaton College
Prior to obtaining his PhD in economics, Dr. Smith worked for seven years as a manager in the insurance industry. Since completion of his academic credentials, Dr. Smith has consulted for various industries, specializing in the computer, financial services, medical, and non-profit sectors. His economic expertise includes the areas of labor pay and productivity, forecasting, and analysis of specific labor markets. A labor economist with an applied focus, Dr. Smith has published numerous articles that have appeared in both academic and practitioner journals. In addition, he has a chapter in an edited volume, a monograph, and published book reviews to his credit. His research on credit unions research has been used in arguments before the US Supreme Court as well as in state legislative hearings. Dr. Smith closely follows current economic trends and has appeared on radio and television and in several newspapers and magazines, including most recently the London Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the New York Times, and the Investor's Business Daily. Dr. Smith has been a full-time faculty member at Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management since 1997. Prior to that, he taught at Eastern College and Michigan State University.