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.
Tel 64 3 479 4596
"The McDonald's Equilibrium:
Advertising, Empty Calories, and the Endogenous Determination of
Dietary Preferences," 2004, Social Choice and Welfare,
"A Theory of Natural
Addiction," (with A.
Tasnádi), 2007, Games and Economic Behavior,
"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.
"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.
Psychology with Economics: Obesity, Behavioral Biology, and Rational
Overeating," 2009, Journal of Bioeconomics. 11(3),
"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),
"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),
"Review of Spent:
Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior" by Geoffrey
Miller, 2010, American Journal of Human Biology, 22(4),
Trade, Food and Diet Costs, and the Global Obesity Epidemic,"
Drewnowski and A.
Hanks), 2010, Chapter 5 in Trade, Food, Diet and Health:
Perspectives and Policy Options, C. Hawkes et al.,
"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.
on Gearhardt et al. (2011): All foods are habit-forming—what
I want to know is which will kill me!," 2011, Addiction,
and the Demand for 'Fattening' Foods," 2012, American
Journal of Agricultural Economics, 94(2), 324–330 (published
online October 2011).
"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).
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).