Joshua K. Hausman


Josh Hausman is an assistant professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan. His research interests are in economic history and macroeconomics with a focus on the U.S. economy in the 1930s and the Japanese economy today. Josh is currently studying the role of agriculture in the beginning of the U.S. Great Depression and the effect of current Japanese monetary policy on the housing market and household spending. Previously, he investigated what explains recovery from the Great Depression in 1933, the effects of a large ‘bonus’ payment to World War I veterans in 1936, the role of the unionization of the auto industry in the 1937-38 recession, and recent Japanese efforts to raise inflation ("Abenomics"). Josh holds a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2005 to 2007 he worked as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board, and in 2010 he worked as a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. Josh won the 2013 Allan Nevins prize for the best dissertation in U.S. or Canadian economic history. | voice: (734) 763-3479 | fax: (734) 763-9181