Jon Schmid

Ph.D. Student

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Jon Schmid is a doctoral candidate in the International Affairs, Science and Technology Program at Georgia Tech. He received a BA – Phi Beta Kappa – in Economics and International Affairs from American University and an MS in Finance from George Washington University (thesis: “Investor Preferences and the Volatility Smile.”)

Jon worked as a consultant for three years at an economic development consulting firm in Alexandria, VA. During this time he worked on World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations and USAID projects related to business climate enhancement, institutional capacity building, investment promotion and legal reform. Following his time as a consultant, Jon worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Economics and Finance at the Columbia University Business School and then as a Research Consultant in the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.

Jon is a Georgia Institute of Technology Presidential Fellow, a Coca-Cola Fellow, a Sam Nunn Security Fellow, and a Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Fellow.

Jon’s research focuses on the determinants of national innovative productivity and military technology innovation. His research has been accepted in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, Defense and Peace Economics, Journal of Contemporary China, Science and Public Policy, Development in Practice, and Review of Policy Research.

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Beyond National Innovation Systems: Incentives, Politics, Culture, and China's Innovation Performance.Journal of Contemporary China. (with Fei-Ling Wang)

“State Adoption of Transformative Technology: Early Railroad Adoption in China and Japan.” International Studies Quarterly, forthcoming: accepted for publication. (with Jonathan Huang)

The Diffusion of Military Technology.” Defence and Peace Economics.

Alliances and Innovation.” Review of Policy Research. (with Matthew Brummer and Mark Zachary Taylor)

"Plans versus Experiences in Transitioning Transnational Education into Research and Economic Development: A Case Study.” Science and Public Policy, forthcoming: accepted for publication. (with Sergey A. Kolesnikov, and Jan Youtie)

The Anatomy of Collaboration in Development Practice: Insights from Nigeria and Ghana.” Development in Practice. (with Rahul Pathak)

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