Dr David Smerdon


School of Economics
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 334 67047


Dr David Smerdon is a Lecturer in the School of Economics. He primarily works in behavioral and development economics. His research involves theory and modelling, experiments in the lab and field, and microeconometric analysis in order to investigate topics at the intersection of these fields.

David earned his PhD from the Tinbergen Institute and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) as a General Sir John Monash scholar, and afterwards worked as a PODER fellow at Bocconi University in Milan. Prior to his academic career, David spent three years working for the Australian Department of Treasury as a policy analyst. Aside from economics, David is also a chess Grandmaster and has represented Australia at seven chess Olympiads.

Research Interests

  • Behavioural Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Migration
  • Game theory
  • Cultural Economics

Research Impacts

David's research motivation is focussed on policy-relevant issues, particularly those where behavioural economics can be applied to social policy. Examples of recent projects include:

  • The social impact of refugee resettlement in Australia
  • Policy solutions to eradicate female genital mutilation in Somalia
  • Predicting when and how harmful social norms can be broken down
  • Understanding the relationship between income inequality and trust within societies
  • The relationship between gendered preferences and cross-country differences in gender equality in competitive environments


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam


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