Stanley K. Smith, Ph.D.
Program Group:Population Studies
Position:Program Director, Professor
Phone Number:352-392-0171 ext. 210
Dr. Stanley Smith is professor of economics and director of the Population Program in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) at the University of Florida. He received an undergraduate degree in history from Goshen College and a doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan. He spent two years as assistant director of the Mennonite Central Committee’s economic development program in Bolivia and has taught at the University of Uppsala (Sweden) and in a summer study program in Innsbruck, Austria. He has been at the University of Florida since 1976 and served as BEBR director from 1990 to 2011. Under his direction, the Population Program produces the official population estimates for all cities and counties in Florida and population projections by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin for Florida and each of its counties. His research interests include the methodology and analysis of population estimates and projections, state and local demography, economic demography, and the demography of Florida.
Dr. Smith has published widely in scholarly journals, books, monographs, research reports, and technical publications and has been the principal investigator on research contracts generating more than $8 million for the University of Florida. He has served on numerous professional boards and committees, including the Board of Trustees of the Population Reference Bureau; two panels reviewing census methods and procedures for the National Academy of Sciences; two panels reviewing grant proposals for the National Institutes of Health; an advisory committee for the U.S. Census Bureau; and the Committee on Applied Demography for the Population Association of America. He served as president and newsletter editor for the Southern Demographic Association and is Florida’s representative to the federal-state cooperative programs for population estimates and projections. He appears regularly as a presenter, panelist, chair, and discussant at national professional meetings and is a frequent reviewer of books and articles for scholarly journals. He has been a demographic consultant and expert witness on many occasions and speaks on population trends in Florida to business, civic, government, and professional groups throughout the state.
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