David R. Johnson
PhD, Harvard University
MA, University of Western Ontario
David 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. His teaching is in macroeconomics and international finance. He is co-author of Macroeconomics: Third Canadian Edition, an intermediate macroeconomics text. One specific teaching interest is in using spreadsheets to teach intermediate macroeconomics.
He most recently was Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara from January to June 2008.
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, and in 1999 a year at the University of Cambridge in England.