Portrait of Janna Johnson
Assistant 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 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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    Your Census Questions Answered

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    In the Media

    COVID-19 Pandemic Could Cause Birth Rate to Decline Further
    KSTP, 11-18-2020

    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?, 04-01-2020

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