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October 15, 2020 – William Robson, CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute, announces the re-appointment of David R. Johnson as a Research Fellow.

“David’s research interests cover two vital areas of public policy: macroeconomics and education,” said Robson. “His groundbreaking work on school quality has made a key contribution to the C.D. Howe Institute’s work, and we are delighted at the prospect of further collaboration with him.”

“I have always tried to focus my research on areas with direct application to public policy,” said Johnson. “The C.D. Howe Institute has been a great partner in pursuing my interests.”

David R. Johnson is Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Professor Johnson’s areas of specialty are macroeconomics, international finance and the economics of education.

His published work includes the studies of Canada’s international debts, the influence of American interest rates on Canadian interest rates, and the determination of the Canada-United States exchange rate as well as a comprehensive analysis of elementary school test scores in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. He has also written on monetary policy in Canada and around the world, both on the goal of lower inflation and on the role of inflation targets.  Nearing the end of his teaching career, he has been teaching the very large introductory macroeconomics class including for the first time online in Winter 2021.

Professor Johnson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 1978. He received his Masters degree from the University of Western Ontario and his PhD from Harvard University. Before coming to Wilfrid Laurier in 1985, David worked for two years at the Bank of Canada. In 1990 he spent a year at the National Bureau of Economic Research, in 1999 a year at the University of Cambridge in England, and in 2008 as  Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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