Joshua Huang

Research Agricultural Economist


Joshua Huang is a research agricultural economist in the Crops Branch of the Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED) at the Economic Research Service (ERS).


Joshua joined ERS in 2022 after completing his Ph.D. study. His research focuses on agricultural commodity markets, including cash, futures, and options markets, and market information, factors, and policies that influence market behavior. Prior to graduate study, Joshua worked as a procurement and risk management specialist in the private agricultural industry in China, purchasing agricultural commodities in cash markets to meet the needs of feed mills and hedging price risks of corn and soybean meal in futures markets. He grew up in Illinois and Taiwan, and is fluent in Mandarin.


Joshua received his Ph.D. and M.S. in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his B.S. in plant pathology and microbiology from National Taiwan University.

Selected Publications

Huang, J., T. Serra, P. Garcia, and S.H. Irwin. 2021. “To Batch or Not to Batch? The Release of USDA Crop Reports,” Agricultural Economics.

Huang, J., T. Serra, and P. Garcia. 2021. “The Value of USDA Announcements in the Electronically Traded Corn Futures Market: A Modified Sufficient Test with Risk Adjustments,” Journal of Agricultural Economics 72(3):712–734.

Huang, J., T. Serra, and P. Garcia. 2020. “Are Futures Prices Good Price Forecasts? Underestimation of Price Reversion in the Soybean Complex,” European Review of Agricultural Economics 47(1):178–199.