Articles by David M. Smith, PhD

David M. Smith, PhD, is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and an associate professor of economics at the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. His economic expertise includes the areas of labor pay and productivity, forecasting, and analysis of specific labor markets. A labor economist with an applied focus, Dr. Smith has published numerous articles that have appeared in both academic and practitioner journals. In addition, he has a chapter in an edited volume, a monograph, and published book reviews to his credit. His research on credit unions research has been used in arguments before the US Supreme Court as well as in state legislative hearings. Dr. Smith closely follows current economic trends and has appeared on radio and television and in several newspapers and magazines, including most recently the London Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the New York Times, and the Investor's Business Daily.

Interview with Robert Eckert, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Mattel, Incorporated

Robert Eckert, Chairman and CEO of Mattel, discusses his role at the helm of the worldwide leader in toy design, manufacturing, and marketing.

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What’s Next LA: The Road to Economic Recovery

A video interview with Chris Thornberg, PhD, GBR Editorial Review Board Member, and principal of Beacon Economics, who offers an economic forecast for 2009.

2009 Volume 12 Issue 2 - By

America’s Financial Crisis

On Tuesday, September 30, 2008, members of the Graziadio School community came together from New York to Los Angeles on a conference call to hear about America’s financial crisis from a distinguished panel of professors.

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Business Survival Skills

Businesses should have a preparedness process including assessing potential risks, developing survival mechanisms, and responding quickly to a given disaster.

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Attempting to Control Health Care Costs – Again

Consider the pros and cons of the Consumer Driven Health Plan or the Health Savings Account before deciding if they are viable cost-containment methods.

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The Cost of Lost Data

The cost of lost data from computers is substantial. Businesses must be proactive in protecting this important resource.

2003 Volume 6 Issue 3 - By

Conversation with Kinko’s Paul Orfalea

Paul Orfalea, the founder and guiding presence at Kinko’s until fairly recently, is the interviewee for this issue of the Graziadio Business Review.

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Electricity Price Gouging in California?

Conservation, or lowering demand, really is important in avoiding the potential for price manipulation.

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Conversation with Salomon Smith Barney’s Mitchell J. Held

Economist Mitchell J. Held notes lingering effects of energy crisis on California firms and consumers.

2001 Volume 4 Issue 2 - By

Balancing Act for Employers in Today’s Labor Market

Global competition and increasing technology suggest new ways of viewing how the economy works.

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