Ph.D., Univ. of New Hampshire (2013)
M.A., Univ. of New Hampshire (2008)
B.S., Univ. of New Hampshire (2005)
Josh Stillwagon was born and raised in the seacoast area of New Hampshire. He obtained a B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. in economics at the University of New Hampshire in 2005, 2008, and 2013 respectively. His research focuses primarily on international finance and financial economics; examining empirically the determinants of exchange rates, interest rates, and equity prices. It has been (or is scheduled to be) published in Macroeconomic Dynamics (Cambridge University); Review of International Economics; North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money; Economics Bulletin (Vanderbilt University); Journal of Management and Sustainability, and New England Economic Indicators (Federal Reserve Bank of Boston).
In particular, his research agenda has pursued two complementary approaches. The first is to use survey data on traders' actual forecasts to gain a better understanding of their forecasting strategies and risk assessment. The second is to use more flexible statistical techniques which allow for non-stationarity, non-linearities, and change in economic relationships over time.
In 2009, Josh served as a consultant to the N.H. State Senate Finance Committee, helping to provide revenue forecasts and cost analysis during one of the worst budget crises the state had seen in several decades. He was also commissioned on several occasions to conduct research on the economic impact of the University System of New Hampshire, which was used in testimony before the State House of Representatives.
The empirical dimension of his research guides his teaching philosophy as well; striving to relate theory to real world data and illustrating abstract concepts through historical examples.
In his first year at Trinity, Josh established the college's Federal Reserve Challenge team. The Fed challenge is a competition where students analyze the current state of the economy and provide a recommendation for monetary policy. Consequently it provides an excellent opportunity for students to apply the concepts they have learned in class to current events and public policy. Josh has coached the team for the regional competition at the Boston Fed each of the last three years.