Steven Bond-Smith

UHERO Assistant Professor
Steven Bond-Smith's UHERO Research


Ph.D., Economics, University of Waikato, 2015
M.M.S., Economics, University of Waikato, 2009
B.M.S., Economics, University of Waikato, 2006

Research Interests

Urban and Regional Economics, Spatial Economics, Economic Growth, Economics of Innovation, Regional Economic Policy

Steven joined UHERO as an Assistant Professor in 2021. Steven’s main research focus is the implications of distance and scale for productivity and growth in small and isolated economies such as Hawai’i. This research helps to understand regional growth dynamics and supports development of place-based policy approaches, informed by theory and data, to support economic growth for more people in more places. Steven is a co-editor for the journal Spatial Economic Analysis. Prior to joining UHERO, Steven was a Senior Research Fellow in Economics at Curtin University in Western Australia. Steven was previously employed in various government, corporate and consulting roles in Australia and New Zealand providing economic advice to government departments, regulators, businesses and stakeholders.

Selected Publications

Bond-Smith, S., “Discretely innovating: The effect of limited market contestability on innovation and growth,” Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Forthcoming. doi: 10.1111/sjpe.12306

Bond-Smith, S., “The unintended consequences of increasing returns to scale in geographical economics,” Journal of Economic Geography, Vol. 21, Iss. 5, 2021, Pages 653-681. doi: 10.1093/jeg/lbab023

Bond-Smith, S., and McCann, P., “A multi-sector model of relatedness, growth and industry clustering,” Journal of Economic Geography, Vol. 20, Iss. 5, 2020, pp.1145-1163. doi: 10.1093/jeg/lbz031

Bond-Smith, S., “The decades-long dispute over scale effects in the theory of economic growth,” Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 33, Iss. 5, 2019, pp. 1359-1388. doi: 10.1111/joes.12329

Bond-Smith, S., “The impact of compatibility on innovation in markets with network effects,” Economics of Innovation and New Technology, vol. 28, no. 8, 2019, pp. 816-840. doi: 10.1080/10438599.2018.1563936

Bond-Smith, S., McCann, P., and Oxley, L., “A regional model of endogenous growth without scale assumptions,” Spatial Economic Analysis, vol. 13, no. 1, 2018, pp. 5-35. doi: 10.1080/17421772.2018.1392038

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