Janna Johnson

Assistant Professor
policy analysis; rural development; migration; evaluation; economic analysis; demography; labor economics; income inequality and poverty; impact evaluation

Janna E. Johnson is an assistant professor in the social policy and policy analysis area. An economic demographer, her primary research focuses on the causes and consequences of internal migration within the United States, both historic and current. She also works on data quality issues, particularly U.S. Census undercount, and their impact on empirical research using Census data. An expert in econometric methods used to evaluate programs and policies, she teaches advanced statistical methods classes at the Humphrey School at the master’s and PhD level. Recently, her work has been featured in The Weekly Standard, Bloomberg, and The Washington Post.

Johnson is an affiliate of the Minnesota Population Center (MPC) and a member of the University’s graduate faculty in population studies and applied economics.

A native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Johnson holds a PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and an AB in economics from Dartmouth College.

In The Media

Assistant Professor Janna Johnson comments in this story about new census figures showing Minnesota's population continues to grow more diverse. 

St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 21, 2018

Assistant Professor Janna Johnson is quoted in this story about the value of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rural loan and grant programs.

Wisconsin Public Radio
February 19, 2018