How Minnesota's Economy Became Above Average: Lessons from History

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The Clemens Lecture will be given by Louis Johnston a Professor of Economics at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. The title of Professor Johnston's lecture is, “How Minnesota’s Economy Became Above Average: Lessons from History.” He earned his B.S. at the University of Minnesota (1983), and his M.A. (1987) and PhD (1990) at the University of California, Berkeley (all in Economics).

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” since World War II.

Johnston was special contributor to the 4thand 5th editions of Principles of Economicsby Robert H. Frank and Ben S. Bernanke (McGraw-Hill / Irwin, 2009, 2012), with responsibility for developing and writing all of the macroeconomics chapters along with the study guides and instructor manuals for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th editions.

Johnston writes a regular column on economics and the economy for MinnPost and is a regular guest on Minnesota Public Radio and WCCO Radio. He has been interviewed and quoted by the St. Cloud Times, Minneapolis StarTribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Bloomberg News, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Marketplace, CNN, Minnesota News Network, and other media.

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