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Kent Smetters

Boettner Professor

Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy

Research Interests: public economics, applied theory, finance

Links: CV

Contact Information

Address: 1358 Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 898-9811



1995 Ph.D. Economics, Harvard University

1992 M.A. Economics, Harvard University

1990 B.S. Computer Science, Ohio State University

1990 B.S. Economics, Ohio State University


  • Felix Reichling, Kent Smetters (Forthcoming), Optimal Annuitization with Stochastic Mortality Probabilities (Forthcoming, American Economic Review).    Abstract
  • Florian Scheuer, Kent Smetters (Under Review), Could a Website Really Have Doomed the Health Exchanges? Multiple Equilibria, Initial Conditions and the Construction of the Fine (Revise and Resubmit, American Economic Journal).    Abstract
  • Kent Smetters, Xingtan Zhang (Working), A Sharper Ratio.    Abstract
  • Daniel Gottlieb, Kent Smetters (Under Review), Lapse-Based Insurance.    Abstract
  • Daniel Gottlieb, Kent Smetters (Under Review), Grade Non-Disclosure.    Abstract
  • Julia Li, Kent Smetters (Working), Optimal Portfolio Choice with Wage-Indexed Social Security.  
  • Shinichi Nishiyama, Kent Smetters (Working), Richardian Equivalence Under Asymmetric Information.    Abstract

Awards And Honors

  • Undergraduate Teaching Award, The Wharton School, 2008
  • Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance (“The Q-Group”) Award, 2005
  • Smith-Richardson Foundation Research Grant, 2005
  • Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research Grant, 2004
  • Smith-Richardson Foundation Research Grant, 2004
  • National Bureau of Economic Research, RRC Grants, 2003-2007
  • TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson, Certificate of Excellence, 2002
  • Robert C. Witt Award for the best paper published in the Journal of Risk and Insurance, 2000

In The News

Knowledge @ Wharton



  • BEPP299 - Independent Study


  • BEPP995 - Dissertation

  • HCMG895 - Global Business Week