Peter Schmidt
Born (1947-08-08) August 8, 1947 (age 76)[1]
Academic career
InstitutionMichigan State University
Alma materMichigan State University (BA, PhD)
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Peter Schmidt (born August 8, 1947) is an American economist and econometrician. He holds a University Distinguished Professor position at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.[2] Schmidt is considered a foundational scholar in econometrics, having authored an early textbook in the field as well as over 150 peer-reviewed articles. In addition, Schmidt has been recognized for his excellence in teaching, with one economist stating that "a top twenty economics department could be started up from" the students he has mentored.[3]

Academic career

Schmidt received his PhD in Economics at Michigan State University in 1970. Following his PhD, Schmidt worked as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before receiving tenure there in 1974. Schmidt returned to Michigan State in 1977 as a full professor and was named University Distinguished Professor in 1997.[1]

Schmidt is the author of a foundational textbook, Econometrics (1976),[4] as well as three other books and over 150 academic articles.[1] Takeshi Amemiya has argued that Schmidt's 1977 paper on stochastic frontier models with Dennis Aigner and Knox Lovell is one of the most influential papers ever published in the Journal of Econometrics.[5] This and several other works show up on the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis's list of most-cited economics articles of all time.[6] His 2013 paper with Seung Ahn and Young Lee on panel data models is recognized as one of the most cited papers published since 2012 in the Journal of Econometrics.[7]

Honor and recognition

Schmidt has been honored for his academic and teaching contributions to the field of econometrics. In 2014, Schmidt was honored by the publication of a collection of his students' works in Festschrift in Honor of Peter Schmidt following a 2011 "Conference in Honor of Peter Schmidt."[3] The academic journal Econometric Reviews dedicated a special issue to Schmidt in 2016, citing his "foundational and constructive role in the development of the field of econometrics."[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c Schmidt, Peter. "Vita" (PDF). Michigan State, Department of Economics. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Peter Schmidt". Department of Economics, Michigan State University. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b Sickles, Robin; Horrace, William C., eds. (2014). Festschrift in Honor of Peter Schmidt: Econometric Methods and Applications. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-1-4899-8008-3.
  4. ^ Schmidt, Peter (1976). Econometrics. CRC Press. ISBN 978-0824787356.
  5. ^ Amemiya, Takeshi (February 2009). "Thirty Five Years of the Journal of Econometrics". Journal of Econometrics. 148 (2): 179–185. doi:10.1016/j.jeconom.2008.10.011.
  6. ^ "Top 1‰ Research Items by Number of Citations". IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  7. ^ Most Cited Journal of Econometrics Articles. Elsevier, B.V. Retrieved 7 July 2017. ((cite book)): |website= ignored (help)
  8. ^ Maasoumi, Esfandiar; Sickle, Robin (8 October 2016). "Peter Schmidt: Econometrician and consummate professional". Econometric Reviews. 36 (1–3): 1–5. doi:10.1080/07474938.2015.1116051.
  9. ^ Giles, Dave (2017-01-27). "In Honour of Peter Schmidt". 7January 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.