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School of Economic Sciences | WSU Josh Olsen



  • Ph.D. Economics, Washington State University, expected 2022
    • Advisors:  Jonathan Yoder (chair), Gregmar Galinato and Randy Fortenbery
  • M.S Economics, University of Oregon 2016
  • B.S. Mathematics, B.A. Economics (cum laude)  Pacific Lutheran University
    Honors Program, 2014

Research Interests

  • Fields: Econometrics, Environmental Economics and Industrial Organization
  • Other Interest: Financial Economics

Research Experience

  • Research Assistant – Washington State University
    Jonathan Yoder, Ph.D., Summer 2017-Present
  • Research Assistant – University of Oregon
    Joe Stone, Ph.D., Fall 2014-Summer 2016
    Economic Applications in Elementary Education

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor — Washington State University
    • EconS 101 Fundamentals of Microeconomics: Summer 2018, Winter 2019 (online-asynchronous), Summer 2020 (online-synchronous)
    • EconS 320 Money and Banking: Fall 2018
  • Teaching Assistant — Washington State University
    • EconS 101 Fundamentals of Microeconomics: Fall 2016, Spring 2017
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow – University of Oregon
    • Econ 418, 419 Economic Analysis of Community Issues: Winter 2015, Spring 2015
    • Econ 201 Principles of Microeconomics: Fall 2015
    • Econ 201 Principles of Macroeconomics: Winter 2016

Papers and Presentations

  • “Homes and Havens: the Relationship Between Homes and Unburned Areas Within Wildfire Perimeters
    • Annual Meeting of the Western Agricultural Economics Association, Summer 2020.
  • “Wildfire Spread and Structure Locations”
    • Annual Meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, Summer 2020.
    • Washington State University GPSA poster competition, Pullman, WA. Spring 2020
  • “Empirical Test of Fire Managers Preferences Towards Competing Strategic Objectives.”
    • Washington State University School of Economic Sciences Half-Baked Ideas seminar, Pullman, WA, Spring 2018
  • “FOMC Simulation”
    • Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference, Portland, OR, May 2014
  • “Charitable Giving to Higher Education: Evidence from Pacific Lutheran University.”
    • Pacific Lutheran University Board of Regents Advancement Committee, May 2013
    • Pacific Lutheran University Office of Development, April 2013

Professional Activities

  • Abstract Reviewer
    • Annual Conference of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 2018,2019
  • Moderator
    • Fire Continuum Conference Micro Talks, Missoula, MT, May 2018
  • Leadership:
    • School of Economic Sciences, Graduate Student Association Treasurer, 2018-2019


Computer: Python, STATA, ArcGIS, SQL, Excel, LaTex

Contact Info:

E-mail: Joshua Olsen

Office Location:

103D Hulbert Hall
School of Economic Sciences
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6210