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.
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.