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Johnson, Daniel

Daniel K. N. Johnson Colorado College and the Chair of the Economics and Business Department

Daniel K.N. Johnson is the Chair of the Economics and Business Department at Colorado College, and a tenured Associate Professor of Economics. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University (1998), which he completed under Bob Evenson’s supervision. He previously completed an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics (1992) and a B.Soc.Sc. Honours from the University of Ottawa, Canada (1991). He is the author of over 50 refereed journal articles, commissioned pieces and book chapters. Several of those are co-authored with Bob Evenson, and he takes special pleasure in talking about those with students as models of collaboration. He frequently co-authors with his undergraduate students, inspired by Bob’s methodology. Specializing in the economics of innovation and technological change, he frequently advises and lectures internationally on public policy related to intellectual property rights. In addition to his primary research on knowledge spillovers, he enjoys writing projects that apply economic models to unusual questions: predicting Olympic medal counts, explaining game show contestant behaviour, evaluating the impact of Walmart on residential property values, exploring philanthropic behaviour patterns, improving the marginal impact of microfinance lending programmes, explaining the adoption of new election equipment in the wake of vote count scandals, analysing where consumers can find the cheapest gas and evaluating pedagogical techniques and outcomes in economics. Feeling that it was not enough to simply study innovation and entrepreneurship, he founded and now runs three start-up companies, all serving the interests of higher education: Economics of Technology Consulting, Lightning Abstracts and BookCheetah.