Joshua Hess

Contact Information

Phone: 970-412-3548


Office: Clark B205

Office Hours: MWF: 9:00am-10:00am

Role: Student

Position: Instructor

  • Public Economics
  • Environmental Economics

Department: Economics


I am a sixth-year, Ph.D. Candidate at Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins.  My fields are environmental and public economics, but my research interests include computational economics, behavioral economics, experimental economics, and criminal economics.

Previously, I was a professor (promoted from adjunct instructor) of astronomy at the Front Range Community College (also in Fort Collins) where I taught mathematics courses, as well.  I have also worked as a math teacher at Health and Human Services High School in Whitecenter, Wa.

I am an alumnus of the University of Arkansas where I earned a B.S. in both mathematics and physics and an M.S. in physics.  My master’s research, titled The Limb-darkening Coefficient of Extrasolar Planet TrES-1, concerned refining ground-based measurement technique parameters for a planet 512 light-years away, in the constellation Lyra.

As a physicist, I had a funded Graduate Teaching Assistantship at a premier PhysTech program and won a Research Assistantship for the aforementioned project.  Since joining the Economics Department at CSU, I have been a GTA for 3 years for introductory micro and macro course.  In 2013, I was awarded a Research Assistantship Grant to work on the impact of quasi-hyperbolic discounting on optimal carbon taxes; and in 2016 I won the Outstanding Graduate Research Award.

Non-academic interests include both traditional and non-traditional sports, music, and travelling.  In college, I picked up ultimate Frisbee and still play casually.  In 2012, I was the head statistician for the first ever live broadcast (ESPNU) of the Ultimate Frisbee College Championship Series.


M.S. Economics; M.S. Physics


Option Values, Learning, and Opposition to Hydraulic Fracturing with Dale Manning, Terry Iverson, and Harvey Cutler (under review).


The Impact of Alcohol on Risk and Time Preferences -- an Experimental Approach (in progress).


Quantitative Methods for Economists - Syllabus

I teach this class with Bob Kling as an Assistant Instructor while he prepares for Semester at Sea as the Academic Dean. I lecture, hold office hours, and grade. This course presents mathematical methods that are essential for graduate students in economics and related fields to be able to successfully master the theory courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. It presumes a first course in calculus (including optimization of functions of one variable) and other general math competency. It covers essential material in matrix algebra, set topology, multivariable calculus, unconstrained and constrained optimization, and ordinary differential equations.

Principles of Microeconomics - Syllabus

An introduction to decision making by households, firms, and government, and the resulting allocation of resources through markets. This course is designed to introduce students to the subject of economics as it pertains to the behavior of consumers, firms, industries and society, and to their desires to get the most from a limited availability of resources.

Intermediate Macroeconomics Onlines - Syllabus

This course takes the simple models of introductory macroeconomics and adds to them, making them more like the real world. We will use these modified models to explain the determination of aggregate output, prices and growth as well as how fiscal and monetary policy can impact these variables. Many references will be made to the global financial crisis, although these references will primarily come within the context of the other concepts we will learn.