Thomas G. Johnson

  • Research Interests

  • Local government finance
  • Economic policy
  • Rural and regional economic development


Dr. Johnson is Professor Emeritus. He was formerly the Frank Miller Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and professor in the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. Dr. Johnson is director of Rural Policy Research Institute’s Analytic and Academic programs. His recent research areas include the process of wealth creation and distribution in rural communities, fiscal and economic impact analysis, local government finance, renewable energy, rural entrepreneurship, broadband, land use and rural transportation.  He has studied rural policy issues in Canada, Ukraine, the European Union, and Korea. He served on an OECD team reviewing English Rural Policy. He is a founding member of the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Consortium. He is the 2002 Fellow of the Southern Regional Science Association, 2006 recipient of the Outstanding Contribution through Economics Award from the Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, 2007 recipient of the USDA Undersecretary’s Group Honor Award for Excellence, the 2012 Provost’s Award for Leadership in International Education, the 2012 University of Missouri President’s Award for Economic Development, the 2015 College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Outstanding Graduate Advisor-Mentor, and the 2015 United States Department of Agriculture Abraham Lincoln Honor Award. Professor Johnson has authored over 250 articles, papers, and book chapters and has co-authored or co-edited six books.




  • PhD from Oregon State University

Selected Publications

  • The Role of Trust in Building Rural Tourism Micro Firm Network Engagement: a Multi-case Study
    Felicity Kelliher, Leana Reinl, Thomas G. Johnson, Marion Joppe

    Tourism Management. 68: 1-12.

  • Farm Efficiency and its Determinants in Different Farm Size and Altitude Categories: A Case of Organic Coffee Cultivation in Nepal
    Krishna Lal Poudel, Bhawani Mishra, Thomas G. Johnson

    The Journal of Economic Insight. 43(1): 1-18.

  • The Economic Impacts of Local and Conventional Food Sale
    Rossi, James, Thomas G. Johnson, and Mary Hendrickson

    Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. In press.

  • Upward Mobility of Low-income Youth in Metropolitan, Micropolitan and Rural America
    Weber, Bruce A., J. Matthew Fannin, Sam M. Cordes, and Thomas G. Johnson

    The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. In Press.

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