Erik Johnson

  • Associate Professor of Economics; Chair of Economics Department
    Email Address:
    Office location:
    Clausen Center, Room 226

    Professor Erik Johnson is an empirical economist who studies the intersection of environmental quality, environmental policy, and economic outcomes. He has primarily focused on economic issues surrounding the integration of renewables into the electricity grid and the economics of distributed solar generation. Additionally, Prof. Johnson works on the distributional effects of current environmental policy and energy market structures.

    Prior to joining the Carthage faculty in 2017, Prof. Johnson was an assistant professor of economics at Georgia Institute of Technology. He has a Ph.D. in economics and public policy from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in economic from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in economics and mathematics from St. Olaf College.

    To find out more about Professor Johnson’s work, visit his personal webpage at


    Media Mentions:

    Chinese tariff hike could be felt in Wisconsin
    Professor Erik Johnson talks about the impact of increased tariffs from China. (Spectrum News 1, August 23, 2019)

    US-China Trade War Could Benefit Foxconn’s Wisconsin Operation
    Professor Erik Johnson talks about the US-China trade war potential impact on Foxconn’s Wisconsin branch. (Wisconsin Public Radio, October 27, 2019)

    • Ph.D. - Economics and Public Policy - University of Michigan
    • M.A. - Economics - University of Michigan
    • B.A. - Economics, Mathematics - St. Olaf College
    • Principles of Microeconomics (ECN 1010)
    • Intermediate Microeconomics (ECN 2510)
    • Environmental Economics (ECN 3050)
    • Malts, Markets, and Microbes (ECN/BIO 200T)
    • The Economics of Beer (ECN 200T)
    • Big Data in Economics and Public Policy (ECN 200T)

    For current list of publications, working papers, and current curriculum vitae, please visit Prof. Johnson’s personal website at