Louis Johnston is Professor of Economics at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. He earned his B.S. in Economics at the University of Minnesota (1983), and his M.A. (1987) and PhD in Economics (1990) at the University of California, Berkeley.
Johnston specializes in macroeconomics, economic history, and the connections between economic policy and economic history. His most recent projects focus on analyzing the evolution of Minnesota’s economy and how Minnesota became “above average” over the past 60 years.
Johnston was special contributor to the 4th and 5theditions of Principles of Economics by Robert H. Frank and Ben S. Bernanke (McGraw-Hill / Irwin, 2009, 2012), with responsibility for developing and writing all of the macroeconomics chapters.
Johnston writes a regular column on economics and the economy for MinnPost called “Macro, Micro, Minnesota,” and is a regular guest on Minnesota Public Radio, WCCO Radio’s News and Views with Roshini Rajkumar, and Twin Cities Public Television’s Almanac program. He has been interviewed and quoted by the St. Cloud Times, Minneapolis StarTribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Bloomberg News, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, CNN, Marketplace, Minnesota News Network, and other media.