Bruce K. Johnson is the James Graham Brown Professor of Economics at Centre College, a title he has held since 1992. He joined the college faculty in 1987.
He teaches econometrics, a subject in which he is contributing author for the current (7th) edition of a leading undergraduate textbook, Using Econometrics: A Practical Guide, by A.H. Studenmund. He will be co-author for the 8th and subsequent editions. He also regularly teaches core courses in economic principles and microeconomics and has taught a wide array of field courses, including industrial organization, urban economics, and the economics of sports.
His articles and reviews have been published in academic journals including, among others, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economic Inquiry, Southern Economic Journal, and Journal of Sports Economics, and in book chapters published by Oxford University Press, the Brookings Institution, Syracuse University Press, and others.
He is best known for his research using contingent valuation surveys to estimate the value of civic pride and other public goods sports produce for their communities, filling an important gap in our understanding of public policy issues surrounding subsidies to teams, athletes, and stadiums.
Reporters from media outlets around the nation regularly seek his views on sports economics topics. He has been interviewed by such organizations as ABCNews.com, CNNMoney.com, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Sacramento Bee, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and other newspapers on such topics as stadium economics, antitrust and sports, baseball labor strife, the economics of horse racing, and more.
Johnson has been a contributing columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, and his numerous opinion pieces applying economic analysis to current events have appeared in such newspapers as USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Charlotte Observer, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Johnson was visiting professor of economics at the University of Virginia in 2001-02 and again in 2010. During the 1993-94 academic year and during the spring semesters of 2001, 2006, and 2011 he served as resident director of Centre’s overseas program in London. He will direct the London program again in 2018.
He serves as a member of the Consensus Forecasting Group, the nonpartisan panel of economists charged with developing the official forecast of state government revenues for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
A magna cum laude graduate of Transylvania University, Johnson earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Virginia.
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