Dr. Benny Owen Smith
Ben O. Smith
- Economics, Associate Professor
Dr. Smith's current teaching responsibilities include SQL, Databases, and Data Cleaning for Data Scientists, Data Analysis from Scratch, and Industrial Organization. Previously, he has taught Micro Principles, Intermediate Microeconomics, and Essential Concepts (MBA).Dr. Smith also serves on the Board of Directors of the Journal of Economics Teaching. As the journal's web developer, the post-acceptance production process is proudly housed in UNO's economics department.
Dr. Smith's research work is generally in the areas of economic education, industrial organization, urban economics or behavioral economics. Current work includes the voluntary release of patents, plant agglomeration and statistical properties of student guessing. Previous work has been published in the American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings, Applied Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, The Journal of Economic Education, Economics Bulletin, Education Economics, Journal of Economics Teaching, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, and Significance (amongst others).
Throughout his education, Dr. Smith ran a small software company. Having entrepreneurial experience, he is affiliated with Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Franchising (CIEF). Additionally, he is active in the open source community, particularly in areas of accounting, teaching tools and productivity software. His teaching software is used by about 5000 instructors a week, impacting tens of thousands of students. Popular teaching software includes: 'Grade Nudge,' 'Create Random Assignments,' 'Create Group Projects,' and 'Assessment Disaggregation.'
Smith, Ben, Wagner, Jamie. 2018. Adjusting for Guessing and Applying a Statistical Test to the Disaggregation of Value-Added Learning Scores, The Journal of Economic Education, 49, 4, 307-323.
Cassey, Andrew, Smith, Ben. 2018. Estimating State-Industry Employment, with an Application to Industrial Localization, Applied Economics, 50, 48, 5189-5203.
Smith, Ben, White, Dustin, Kuzyk, Pat , Tierney, James. 2018. Improved grade outcomes with an e-mailed 'grade nudge', The Journal of Economic Education, 49, 1, 1-7.
Cassey, Andrew , Smith, Ben. 2014. Simulating Confidence for the Ellison-Glaeser Index, Journal of Urban Economics, 81, May 2014, 85–103.
Smith, Ben, Wooten, Jadrian. 2013. Pundits: The confidence trick: Better confident than right?, Significance, 10, 4, 15-18.