» Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy

The Smith Institute is an innovative research institute that challenges the perceived tension between economics and the humanities.

Its mission is to:

  • reintegrate the study of the humanities and economics in the spirit of Adam Smith, the author of The Theory of Moral Sentiments and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, and 
  • recombine research and undergraduate education as a discovery process in the spirit of Vernon Smith, the progenitor of experimental economics.

Over the next few years the Smith Institute will hire 7 full-time faculty and 5 research associates (post-doctoral fellows) to build strong academic connections with departments and units across the campus and to specifically strengthen the immediate connections between the Argyros School of Business and Economics, the Economic Science Institute, the Institute for the Study of Economics, Religion and Society, and the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.