Centre College Faculty
Bruce K. Johnson• James Graham Brown Professor of Economics
Office: Crounse Hall—402
Bruce K. Johnson has been the Brown Professor of Economics at Centre College since 1992. He joined the college faculty in 1987.
He regularly teaches core courses in economic principles, microeconomics, and econometrics, 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. His current research uses 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 out Johnson for his views on various 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 numerous other newspapers about stadium economics, antitrust and sports, baseball labor strife, the economics of horse racing, and other topics in sports economics.
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 many newspapers, including 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 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 from the University of Virginia.
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File last updated: 8/5/13