Portrait of Janna Johnson
Associate Professor
231 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Currently reviewing PhD applicants
Social Policy Area
Areas of Expertise
Policy analysis; rural development; migration; evaluation; economic analysis; demography; labor economics; income inequality and poverty; impact evaluation


    Janna E. Johnson is Associate Professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. An economist and demographer, her research employs cutting-edge econometric methods to answer questions about U.S. population and policy, particularly those concerning internal migration within the United States. Her work has appeared in leading journals such as American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Labor Economics,and Quantitative Economics.She received a PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago and an AB from Dartmouth College. 

    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. 

    Johnson is a member of the Minnesota Population Center (MPC) and 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)

    Johnson, J. E. (2021). Does the Census Miss the Native-Born Children of Immigrant Mothers? Evidence from State-level Undercount by Race and Hispanic Status, Population Research and Policy Review,

    Johnson, J. E. & Kleiner, M. M. (2020). Is Occupational Licensing a Barrier to Interstate Migration?, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 12(3), 347-373

    DeWaard, J., Johnson, J. E. & Whitaker, S. (2020). Out-migration from and Return Migration to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: Evidence from the Consumer Credit Panel, Population and Environment, 42, 28-42

    DeWaard, J., Johnson, J. E. & Whitaker, S. (2019). Internal migration in the United States: A comparative assessment of the utility of the Consumer Credit Panel, Demographic Research, 41(33), 953-1006

    Johnson, J. E. & Taylor, E. J. (2019). The Long-Run Health Consequences of Rural-Urban Migration, Quantitative Economics, 10(2), 565-606

    Johnson, J. E. & Schulhofer-Wohl, S. (2019). Changing Patterns of Geographic Mobility and the Labor Market for Young Adults, Journal of Labor Economics, 37(S1), S199-S241

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