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. She is a native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
PhD in Public Policy (Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, 2012)
AB in Economics (Dartmouth College, 2006)
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COVID-19 Pandemic Could Cause Birth Rate to Decline Further
How the Census Affects a Decade of Health Care Funding
Verywell Health, 10-10-2020
Why are Rural North Dakotans Not Responding to the Census?
Forum News Service, 08-24-2020
Why is the Census Important?