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Joshua Hall joined the department in 2007. He teaches and researches in the area of applied microeconomics, including urban economics, public finance and the economics of education. Professor Hall received his Ph.D. in economics from West Virginia University and graduate and undergraduate degrees in economics from Ohio University. Formerly an economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, Professor Hall has an extensive background in writing for scholarly audiences as well as for policy makers and citizens. In addition to authoring or co-authoring over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and academic book reviews, numerous articles and reviews, he is co-author of the widely-cited annual Economic Freedom of the World report. Professor Hall also directs the Charles G. Koch Student Research Colloquium and Speaker Series. The colloquium gives students the opportunity to further develop their interest in the ideas and institutions underpinning a free and prosperous society through the discussion of seminal articles aimed at deepening students' understanding of the market process and through writing their own articles for publication in a newspaper, magazine, or academic journal.