Professor Richard Smith

Richard is currently Professor of Econometric Theory and Economic Statistics at the University of Cambridge, and Professorial Fellow of Gonville and Caius College.

Research Interests

Richard’s research interests are econometric theory, estimation and inference, hypothesis testing, and model selection.


  • Churchill College, Cambridge: 1972: B.A., 1975: M.A., 1989: Ph.D. (Cantab.)
  • Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge: 2011: Sc.D. (Cantab.)
  • University of Essex: 1976: M.A.


  • Professor of Econometric Theory and Economic Statistics, University of Cambridge, 2006-
  • College Lecturer in Economics and Professorial Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 2006-
  • Centre Fellow, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, UCL and IFS: 2001-
  • College Lecturer in Economics and Fellow, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge: 1989-1995, 2005-6
  • Visiting Fellow, National Institute for Economic and Social Research: 1997-2010
  • Professor of Econometrics, University of Warwick: 2002-5
  • Professor of Economics, University of Bristol: 1995-2002
  • Reader in Theoretical Econometrics, University of Cambridge: 1995, 2005-6
  • Director of Studies in Economics, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge: 1992-4
  • University Lecturer in Econometrics, University of Cambridge: 1989-95
  • Lecturer in Econometrics, University of Manchester: 1976-89
  • Research Assistant, SSRC Inflation Workshop, University of Manchester: 1975-6

Additional Information

Visiting Professor:
Queen’s University, Canada: 1983-4; Université de Montréal, Canada: 1994, 2001, 2006; CREST-INSEE, Paris: 1993, 1996, 2004; University of California at Berkeley, U.S.A.: 2006; Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University, U.S.A.: 2001, 2014; University of Melbourne, Australia: 2015.

Honours and Awards:
Governor, National Institute of Economic and Social Research: 2004-; 2002 Leverhulme Major Research Fellow: 2003-6; Fellow, British Academy: 2007-; Fellow, Econometric Society: 2007-; Honorary Professor, University of Warwick: 2008-13; Eminent Research Scholar, University of Melbourne, Australia: 2015; Econometric Theory Award, Plura Scripsit: 2011; Econometric Theory Award, Multa Scripsit: 2006; Fellow, Journal of Econometrics: 2003; Chair, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge: 2011-14.

Member, Editorial Board, Review of Economic Studies: 1986-1994; Associate Editor, Econometrica: 1995-2007; (Founding) Editor, The Econometrics Journal: 1997-2001; Co-Editor, Econometric Theory: 2000-8; Advisory Board Member,  Econometric Theory: 2010-. Managing Editor, The Econometrics Journal: 2007-.

Biometrika, Econometrica, Econometric Theory, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Review of Economic Studies.

Member, Academic Econometric Panel, ONS: 1997-2003; Member, G.S.S. Methodogy Advisory Panel: 2012-; Member, European Standing Committee, Econometric Society: 2002-4; G.B. and Ireland Regional Consultant, Econometric Society, 2003-8; Member, Executive Committee, Royal Economic Society: 2007-; Member, Council, Royal Economic Society: 2007-.