Adam Smith

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2010

Adam Smith

Contact Info


Adam C. Smith is an associate professor of economics at Johnson & Wales University. He has published peer-reviewed articles in Constitutional Political Economy, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, European Journal of Political Economy, Social Choice & Welfare, and Public Choice, as well as popular pieces in Forbes, US News & World Report, Charlotte Business Journal, and Regulation magazine. He is also a visiting scholar with the Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University, and co-author with Bruce Yandle of Bootleggers and Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics (Cato Press, 2014).


  • M.A., Ph.D., Economics, George Mason University
  • B.A., Economics, Winthrop University

Our comforting conviction that the world makes sense rests on a secure foundation: our almost unlimited ability to ignore our ignorance. Daniel Kahneman

Scholarly Interests

Public policy and regulation
Economic mobility
Behavioral economics


  • ECON1001 Macroeconomics
  • ECON1002 Microeconomics
  • ECON2010 World Economic Georgraphy
  • ILS2305 Honors Behavioral Economics Seminar
  • ILS4330 Economic Explorations