Trenton G. Smith
MS (Stanford), MA, PhD (UC-Santa Barbara)
Trent's research interests lie primarily in the area of behavioral
economics. Drawing on evidence from a wide array of behavioral sciences
- including psychology, anthropology, behavioral ecology, neuroendocrinology,
and molecular biology - he applies theoretical and empirical methods
from economics to phenomena such as addiction, obesity, economic
insecurity, and television advertisements. He has previously worked
at Washington State University (US), the University of California,
Los Angeles (US), and the University of Bonn (Germany). His teaching
at Otago includes introductory business statistics and behavioural economics.
Tel 64 3 479 4596
“The Economics of Information, Deep Capture, and the Obesity Debate,” (with A. Tasnádi), 2014, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 96(2), 533–541.
“Effects of Household Composition and Income Security on Body Weight in Working-Age Men,” (with M. Barnes and J. Yoder), 2013, Obesity, 21(9), E483–E489.
“Quality Uncertainty as Resolution of the Bertrand Paradox,” (with A. Tasnádi and A. Hanks), 2012, Pacific Economic Review, 17(5), 687–692.
Biology and Obesity," 2012, Ch. 4 in Offer, A., R. Pechey,
S. Ulijaszek (editors), Insecurity, Inequality, and Obesity
in Affluent Societies, Oxford University Press/British Academy
(Proceedings of the British Academy 174, 69-81).
"Review of Obesity
and the Economics of Prevention: Fit Not Fat" by Franco
Sassi, 2012, American Journal of Agricultural Economics 94(3),
815-817. (Published online December 2011).
and the Demand for 'Fattening' Foods," 2012, American
Journal of Agricultural Economics, 94(2), 324–330 (published
online October 2011).
on Gearhardt et al. (2011): All foods are habit-forming—what
I want to know is which will kill me!," 2011, Addiction,
"Waiting for the
Invisible Hand: Novel products and the role of information in the
modern market for food" (with H.
Chouinard and P.
Wandschneider), Food Policy, 36, 239-249.
Trade, Food and Diet Costs, and the Global Obesity Epidemic," (with A.
Drewnowski and A.
Hanks), 2010, Chapter 5 in Trade, Food, Diet and Health:
Perspectives and Policy Options, C. Hawkes et al.,
"Review of Spent:
Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior" by Geoffrey
Miller, 2010, American Journal of Human Biology, 22(4),
"Why (and When) are
Preferences Convex? Threshold Effects and Uncertain Quality," (with A. Tasnádi),
2009, The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, 9(1) (Topics),
"Tobacco Use as Response
to Economic Insecurity: Evidence from the National Longitudinal
Survey of Youth," (with M.G. Barnes), 2009, The B.E.
Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 9(1) (Contributions),
Psychology with Economics: Obesity, Behavioral Biology, and Rational
Overeating," 2009, Journal of Bioeconomics. 11(3),
"Why the Poor
Get Fat: Weight Gain and Economic Insecurity," (with C.
Stoddard and M.G.Barnes), 2009, Forum for Health Economics
& Policy, 12(2), Article 5.
"Why Are Americans
Addicted to Baseball? An Empirical Analysis of Fandom in Korea and
the U.S," (with Y.H.
Lee), 2008, Contemporary Economic Policy, 26(1), 32-48.
"A Theory of Natural
Addiction," (with A.
Tasnádi), 2007, Games and Economic Behavior,
"The McDonald's Equilibrium:
Advertising, Empty Calories, and the Endogenous Determination of
Dietary Preferences," 2004, Social Choice and Welfare,