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 the potential for an undercount in the 2020 Census.

Southwest Journal
March 7, 2019

Assistant Professor Janna Johnson answers questions about Minnesota's population diversity in this 'Good Question' segment. 

WCCO TV
January 21, 2019