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Trenton G. Smith

Trent SmithBAS, MS (Stanford), MA, PhD (UC-Santa Barbara)

Trent Smith joined the University of Otago as senior lecturer in July 2011. Prior to this, he held academic positions at Washington State University (USA); the University of California, Los Angeles (USA); and the University of Bonn (Germany).  Trent’s research interests are broadly interdisciplinary, applying economic methods in biological perspective to better understand behavioural phenomena that would seem to violate the economist’s conventional presumptions of rationality and full information.  His published research has focussed in particular on dietary choice, obesity, addiction, economic insecurity, and mass marketing.  

Dr. Smith is on sabbatical leave until December 2014.

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Office CO701
Tel 64 3 479 4596
Email trent.smith@otago.ac.nz

 

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Trent's CV

 

Selected Publications

“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.

"Behavioural 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).

"Economic Stressors and the Demand for 'Fattening' Foods," 2012, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 94(2), 324–330 (published online October 2011).

"Commentary on Gearhardt et al. (2011): All foods are habit-forming—what I want to know is which will kill me!," 2011, Addiction, (106) 1218-1219.

"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.


"International 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., eds. Oxford:Wiley-Blackwell.


"Review of Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior" by Geoffrey Miller, 2010, American Journal of Human Biology, 22(4), 569-570.

"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), Article 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), Article 47.

"Reconciling Psychology with Economics: Obesity, Behavioral Biology, and Rational Overeating," 2009, Journal of Bioeconomics. 11(3), 249-282.

"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, 59, 316-344.

"The McDonald's Equilibrium: Advertising, Empty Calories, and the Endogenous Determination of Dietary Preferences," 2004, Social Choice and Welfare, 23(3), 383-413.