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School of Economic Sciences | WSU Joshua Tibbitts


  • Ph.D. in Economics, Washington State University, expected 2021
    • Advisors: Jill McCluskey, Ben Cowan, Ron Mittelhammer, and Jonathan Yoder
    • Dissertation: The Economics of Pain
  • B.S. in Economics (with Honors), Brigham Young University – Idaho, 2015

Research Interests

  • Primary: Health Economics, Behavioral Economics, Pain
  • Secondary: Environmental Economics

Working Papers

  • “A Theory of Pain and Addiction” with Jill McCluskey, Ron Mittelhammer, and Jonathan Yoder
  • “The Effects of Acute Pain on Economic Decision Making” with Jill McCluskey, Scott Rozelle, and Zhou Huan
  • “Unintended Consequences: Does the Opioid Safety Initiative Increase Veteran Suicides?” with Ben Cowan


  • “A Theory of Pain and Addiction” to be presented at:
    • Allied Social Science Association (ASSA), San Diego, CA, January 3-5, 2020

Research Experience

  • Research Assistant — School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, U.S., Spring 2019

Teaching Experience

  • Lead Instructor — Washington State University (Evaluation Median: 4.7/5.0)
    • EconS 321 Economics of Sports in America Fall 2017, Spring 2018 
    • EconS 101 Fundamentals of Microeconomics, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2019
    • EconS 102 Fundamentals of Macroeconomics, Winter 2019, Winter 2020 (online)
    • EconS 301 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory with Calculus, Summer 2019 (online)

Professional Activites

  • Citi training
  • Leadership:
    • School of Economic Sciences, Graduate Student Association Vice President, 2018-2019
  • Memberships:
    • American Economic Association

Scholarships and Awards

  • Brigham Young Univeristy – Idaho’s Ezra Taft Benson Excellence in Economics, 2015.
  • Stromsdorfer, Ernest W. Scholarship and Research Endowment, 2019


Computer: STATA, R, Mathematica, Python, LaTex



Contact Info:

E-mail: Joshua Tibbitts

Office Location:

201A Hulbert Hall
School of Economic Sciences
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6210