Louis Johnston is Professor of Economics and holds the Joseph P. Farry Chair in Public Policy 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 was a regular guest from 2004 to 2011 on Minnesota Public Radio’s Midday program with Gary Eichten. He is now a regular guest on WCCO Radio’s News and Views with Roshini Rajkumar. He has been interviewed and quoted by the St. Cloud Times, Minneapolis StarTribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Bloomberg News, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, CNN, WCCO Radio, Minnesota News Network, and other media.