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David Johnson is professor of economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has an ongoing appointment as C.D. Howe Institute Education Policy Scholar.
His teaching is in macroeconomics. He is co-author with Olivier Blanchard of Macroeconomics: Fifth Canadian Edition, an intermediate macroeconomics text as well as Macroeconomics, 6th American Edition.
Johnson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 1978. He received his Masters degree from the University of Western Ontario and his PhD from Harvard University. David worked for 2 years at the Bank of Canada and has been a visitor at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the University of Cambridge and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
Johnson has written on Canada's international debts, the determination of the Canada-United States exchange rate and on monetary and fiscal policy in Canada and around the world. His more recent research studies elementary school test results in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia; teacher salaries and labour relations; as well as differences between examination results across schools on provincial examinations and teacher-awarded grades.
Awards and Achievements
2008 Fulbright Visiting Scholar, University of California, Santa Barbara.
2006 My book Signposts of Success: Interpreting Ontario’s Elementary School Tests Scores was one of five finalists for the Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian public policy published in 2005.
1978 Governor General’s Medal for Highest Standing in the Social Sciences at Trinity College, University of Toronto.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I regularly supervise Major Research Projects in the Masters of Arts in Business Economics program at Wilfrid Laurier University.
"Teaching with COVID Restrictions in Elementary Schools. What Can Be Done?" C.D. Howe Intelligence Memo, August 7, 2020.
"Time Travelling in the Ontario Elementary School System." C.D. Howe Intelligence Memo, February 27, 2020.
"Time Travelling in the Ontario Secondary School System." C.D. Howe Intelligence Memo, December 12, 2019.
"Resources and Outcomes at Ontario Secondary Schools: 2005-06 to 2017-18." C.D. Howe Intelligence Memo, May 17, 2019.
"Light Rail Transit and Property Values in Kitchener-Waterloo". With Joseline Nicholas. Canadian Public Policy, March 2019, Volume 45, Number 1, pp. 48-73.
Macroeconomics, Fifth Canadian Edition with Olivier Blanchard. Toronto: Pearson, 2014.
“Do Strikes and Work-to-Rule Campaigns Change Elementary School Assessment Results?” Canadian Public Policy, December 2011, Volume 37, Number 4, pages 479-494.
"Signposts of Success: Interpreting Ontario’s Elementary School Test Scores." C.D. Howe Policy Study 40. Ottawa: Renouf Publishing Company Limited. 2005.
"The Effect of Inflation Targeting on the Behaviour of Expected Inflation: Evidence from an 11 Country Panel." Journal of Monetary Economics, November 2002, Volume 49, Number 8, pages 1521-1538.