Michael D. Smith is an economist with the Food Assistance Branch. His research focuses on the measurement and determinants of food insecurity, as well as examining food assistance program participation and health.
Michael joined the Economic Research Service in June 2013. Prior to ERS, he worked as a statistician for the U.S. Census Bureau in the Research and Development and Innovation Survey Branch. This survey was cosponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and provided Michael with the opportunity to interact and learn from some of the Nation’s leading survey statisticians and experts in survey methodology.
Michael holds a Ph.D. in Economics from American University, an M.A. in economics from California State University, Fullerton, and a B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Geophysics, from the University of Hawaii, at Mānoa.
Frongillo, E.A., H.T. Nguyen, M.D. Smith, and A. Coleman-Jensen, "Food Insecurity Is Associated with Subjective Well-Being among Individuals from 138 Countries in the 2014 Gallup World Poll," The Journal of Nutrition, 147(4): 680-87 (2017).