R. Elberton Smith is a graduate of the College of Wooster and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics at the University of Chicago. He has taught economics at the University of Denver, Northwestern University, the University of Maryland, and Indiana University. At present, he is an economist for the International Cooperation Administration at the United States Operations Mission in Tokyo, Japan.
After a number of years in teaching and business, Mr. Smith entered government service early in World War II as an economist for the War Production Board in Washington, D.C. In September 1952 he was commissioned in the United States Naval Reserve and assigned for a year in the Office of Procurement and Material in the Navy Department. Subsequently he served for two years as industrial relations, officer in the Navy Yard at Long Beach, California. In 1950 he joined the staff of the Office, Chief of Military History, U.S. Army.
In addition to writing the present volume, Mr. Smith is also author of the book Customs Valuation in the United States--A Study in Tariff Administration, as well as articles and reviews for professional journals.