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Marianne Johnson

Ph.D. Economics. Michigan State University, 1999
Office: Sage 2414
Office Phone: 920-424-2230
Expertise: History of Economic Thought, History of Public Finance, Education Pedagogy

Dr. Johnson's research focuses on the history of public economics and public choice, particularly as related to public goods and public policy decision-making. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal for the History of Economic Thought and Oeconomica. Dr. Johnson recently finished a five year term as co-editor for Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology. Dr. Johnson is the secretary for the History of Economics Society and former president of the Wisconsin Economics Association.

Selected Publications and Accomplishments

Journal Articles

  • Johnson, M., & Kovzik, A. (2016). Comparative Economic Systems in the Undergraduate Curriculum: An Update. Journal of Economic Education 47 (2).
  • Johnson, M. (2015). Harold Groves, Wisconsin Institutionalism, and Postwar Public Finance. Journal of Economic Issues 49 (3) (Winner Editor's Choice Award 2015).
  • Johnson, M. (2014). James M. Buchanan, Chicago, and Post War Public FInance. Journal of the History of Economic Thought 36 (4).
  • Johnson, M. (2014). Public Goods, Market Failure, and Voluntary Exchange. History of Political Economy 46 (Supplement).
  • Johnson, M., Robson, D.A., & Taengnoi Siemers, S. (2014). A Meta Analysis of the Gender Gap in Performance in Collegiate Economics Courses. Review of Social Economy 72 (4).
  • Johnson, M. (2014). Progressivism and Academic Public Finance, 1880 - 1930. History of Political Economy 46 (1).
  • Johnson, M., & Cotti, C. (2012). Teaching Economics Using Historical Novels: Jonathan Harr's The Lost Painting, The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece. Journal of Economic Education 43 (1).
  • Johnson, M. (2011). Wicksell’s Justice and the Scandinavian and Public Choice Traditions. International Journal of Social Economics.


  • Johnson, M. “Dull, Unimaginative, and Extremely Limited” Becomes Modern Public Economics . Paper presented at History of Economics Society Annual Conference, "History of Economics Society" Duke University. June 2016.
  • Johnson, M., & Ballard, C.L. Computable General Equilibrium Models as Applied Economics. Paper presented at History of Political Economy Conference, "Duke Center for History of Political Economy" Raleigh, NC. April 2016.
  • Johnson, M. Wicksell, Pareto and Public Choice. Paper presented at Allied Social Science Association , "ASSA" San Francisco. January 2016.
  • Johnson, M. Harold Groves and Wisconsin Institutionalism's Legacy . Paper presented at History of Economics Society Annual Meeting, "History of Economics Society" East Lansing, MI. June 2015.
  • Johnson, M. Voluntary Exchange and Market Failure. Paper presented at History of Political Economy (HOPE) Conference, "Duke University" Raleigh Durham, NC, 2014. April 2014.


  • External. (2008). "Internationalizing the Business Curriculum In and Out of the Classroom" Awarded by U.S. Department of Education; Business and International Education. Teaching and Learning Scholarship.
  • External. (2005). "Lecturing in Public Finance" Awarded by Fulbright Program, CIES. Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship.

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