Policy Research Team

Jonathan Smith

Associate Policy Research Scientist

Dr. Jonathan Smith is an Associate Policy Research Scientist at the College Board’s Advocacy & Policy Center.  He conducts quantitative research with a focus on college choice, match and completion and has publications in several refereed economics and policy journals.  He is adjunct professor at the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration, where he teaches a course in causal research methods.  He holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Tufts University and master's & doctoral degrees in economics from Boston University.  Prior to his graduate studies, he worked as a statistician for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and as research assistant for Economic Consulting Services, LLC.

Selected Publications


Jonathan Smith, Matea Pender, and Jessica S. Howell. (in press). “The Full Extent of Student-College Academic Undermatch.”  Economics of Education Review. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2012.11.001.

Michael Luca and Jonathan Smith. (forthcoming). “Salience in Quality Disclosure: Evidence from the U.S. News College Rankings.” Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.

Jonathan Smith.  (forthcoming). “Peers, Pressure, and Performance at the National Spelling Bee.”  Journal of Human Resources.

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