Alexander Smith

Assistant Professor of Economics

Department of Social Science and Policy Studies (SSPS)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)


Areas of Expertise





Experimental Economics Laboratory

Athletic Endeavors

Areas of Expertise

Behavioral and Experimental Economics; Applied Microeconomics



Smith, Alexander (2013). "Estimating the Causal Effect of Beliefs on Contributions in Repeated Public Good Games." Experimental Economics, 16(3), 414-425.

Smith, Alexander (2013). "Reciprocity Effects in the Trust Game." Games, 4(3), 367-374.

Smith, Alexander (2012). "The Changing Effects of Community Characteristics on Volunteering in Canada." Canadian Public Policy, 38(3), 361-373.

Smith, Alexander (2012). "Comment on Social Preferences, Beliefs, and the Dynamics of Free Riding in Public Good Experiments." Economics Bulletin, 32(1), 923-931.

Smith, Alexander (2011). "Group Composition and Conditional Cooperation." Journal of Socio-Economics, 40(5), 616-622.

Smith, Alexander (2011). "Identifying In-Group and Out-Group Effects in the Trust Game." B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 11(1)-Topics, Article 38.

Smith, Alexander (2011). "Income Inequality in the Trust Game." Economics Letters, 111(1), 54-56.

Working Papers

"Farmers, Bandits, Soldiers: A Model for Addressing Peace Agendas." With Khalid Saeed, Oleg Pavlov and Jeanine Skorinko. Revised and resubmitted to System Dynamics Review.

"On the Dynamics of Contributions and Beliefs in Repeated Public Good Games." Under review.

"Studying Charitable Giving Using the Sequential and Strategy Methods." Under review.

"On the Nature of Pessimism in Taking and Giving Games"

"Using Cognitive Dissonance to Manipulate Social Preferences." With Robert J. Oxoby.

Work in Progress

"Investing in Institutions for Cooperation." With Xi Wen.*

"Beliefs in Guessing Games." With Sidhi Srinivasachar.*

"Income Inequality and Investment in the Productivity of Public Goods"

"Reward the Lucky - The Effect of Delegated Risk-taking on Altruism." With Angela C. M. de Oliveira and John Spraggon.

* denotes a WPI student.



ECON 1110 - Introductory Microeconomics, C and D Terms, 2010/11; D Term, 2011/12; C Term, 2012/13; B Term, 2013/14.

ECON 2110 - Intermediate Microeconomics, C Term, 2011/12; C Term, 2013/14.

ECON 211X - Behavioral Economics, B Term, 2010/11; B Term, 2012/13.

ECON 2155 - Experimental Economics, A Term, 2011/12; D Term, 2013/14.

University of Calgary

ECON 301 - Intermediate Microeconomics, Spring and Summer, 2008; Spring and Summer, 2009.

ECON 341 - Money and Banking, Spring and Summer, 2007.

IQP Project Center Experience

Windhoek, Namibia, D Term, 2013. With Creighton Peet.


PhD in Economics, University of Calgary, 2010

MA in Economics, University of Toronto, 2004

BA in Economics, York University, 2003




Phone: 508-831-6543

Fax: 508-831-5896

Office: Salisbury Labs, 310B

Address: Department of Social Science and Policy Studies (SSPS), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609

Experimental Economics Laboratory

I am the Director of the WPI SSPS Experimental Economics Laboratory. The facility is designed for conducting computerized economics experiments with up to 14 participants at a time, and is located in Salisbury Labs, 223A. For more information about the Lab, visit:

Athletic Endeavors


Half Marathon (13.1 miles/21.1 km):

1:42:49 (7:51 per mile); September 30, 2012

6 miles (9.66km):

45:42 (7:37 per mile); January 18, 2014

5k (3.1 miles):

22:29 (7:15 per mile); September 13, 2012

3 miles (4.83km):

21:00 (7:00 per mile); January 21, 2014