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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 22, 2017
Canadian Excellence
David Johnson

Dr. David Johnson

Professor (Economics)

Contact Information
Phone: 519.884.0710 ext.2540
Fax: 519.888.1015
Office Location: LH3004
Office Hours: Fall 2016: Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm; or by appointment
Languages Spoken


Academic Background
BA (University of Toronto), MA (University of Western Ontario), PhD (Harvard University)

David Johnson is Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Professor Johnson's areas of specialty are macroeconomics, international finance and, more recently, 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. He is co-author of Macroeconomics: Fifth Canadian Edition (2015), an intermediate macroeconomics text as well as Macroeconomics: Sixth American Edition (2013). One specific teaching interest is in using spreadsheets to teach intermediate macroeconomics.

He has an ongoing appointment as C.D. Howe Institute Education Policy Scholar. 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. David Johnson lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with his wife Susan, also an Economics professor.

When not studying or teaching economics, he plays Oldtimers' Hockey in the winter and sculls in the summer. For a complete change of pace, Professor Johnson enjoys teaching Sunday School to all ages at First Mennonite Church in Kitchener, Ontario.