Professor of Economics, Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University


Daniel J. Smith | Director of the Political Economy Research Institute


Daniel J. Smith is the Director of the Political Economy Research Institute and Professor of Economics at the Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. Dan also is an Adjunct Professor at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He previously was the BB&T Professor of Economic Freedom in the Manuel H. Johnson Center at Troy University and taught at Vietnam National University, Hanoi, through a partnership with Troy University. 


Dan co-authored Money and the Rule of Law: Generality and Predictability in Monetary Institutions (Cambridge University Press), written with Peter J. Boettke and Alexander W. Salter, and The Political Economy of Public Pensions (Cambridge University Press - Elements Series in Austrian Economics), written with Eileen Norcross. Dan's research, primarily on monetary institutions, public pensions, term limits, and regulation, has been published in many scholarly journals, including Public Choice, Constitutional Political Economy, and Economics of Governance. He has also researched the patricians of historic Venice, brawling soccer hooligans, and communities recovering from natural disasters. 


Smith has published over one-hundred popular publications in national and regional outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, and the Tennessean, and has been interviewed on radio and television stations across the nation. Daniel received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University and a B.B.A. in economics and finance from Northwood University.