Dr. John Johnson founded and helped build Edgeworth Economics into a world-class economic consulting firm, bringing together a group of the brightest, most rigorously trained economists in the industry. He is recognized as one of the leading econometricians practicing today. A teacher at heart, Dr. Johnson is known for his ability to explain technical concepts simply and clearly.

In his consulting practice, Dr. Johnson uses econometrics and economic theory to develop careful analyses in antitrust, class certification, labor and employment, and damages-related matters. He has served as an antitrust expert witness and consultant in high-stakes cases in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, opining on class certification, market definition, anticompetitive effects, liability issues, causation, and damages. In the area of labor and employment, Dr. Johnson analyzes economic issues of liability and damages in discrimination litigations, wrongful termination cases, and wage and hour disputes.

As a distinguished thought leader in his field, Dr. Johnson writes and presents on economic topics related to litigation, including several highly-cited papers on rigorous analysis in antitrust class actions. He has also authored several academic papers on labor class actions and an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in Comcast v. Behrend. Dr. Johnson is a past Associate Editor of the Antitrust Law Journal.

In addition to his roles at Edgeworth, Dr. Johnson is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Archives Foundation.


  • National Archives Foundation, Board of Directors


  • American Economic Association
  • American Statistical Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Section
    • Antitrust Section
  • National Association of Forensic Economists
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals


  • Professor of Economics and Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Affiliated Professor, Georgetown University, Public Policy Institute
  • Antitrust Law JournalAssociate Editor
  • ABA Antitrust Section, Vice Chairman, Agriculture and Food Committee

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  • Agriculture

  • Automotive

  • Bankruptcy

  • Chemical

  • Consumer Goods

  • Distribution Networks

  • Electrical

  • Electronics and Software

  • Industrial Materials

  • Law Enforcement

  • Medical Supply

  • News and Information

  • Pharmaceutical

  • Retail

  • Technology Market

  • Telecommunication

  • Textiles

  • Tourism

  • Transportation



Dr. Johnson shares his expertise in analyzing and communicating data in his book Everydata: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day. Co-authored with award-winning writer Mike Gluck, Everydata moves beyond headline-grabbing "big data" and shows how understanding the importance of the "little data” helps people make smarter decisions at work, at home, and in every aspect of life.

The average person consumes approximately 30 gigabytes of data every single day, from stock quotes to weather forecasts, but has no idea how to interpret it correctly. As an expert economist and statistician, Dr. Johnson explains how to decipher the small bytes of data we consume in a day. Everydata includes numerous examples of people misconstruing data--with results that range from merely frustrating to catastrophic: The space shuttle Challenger exploded in part because the engineers were reviewing a limited sample set. Millions of women avoid caffeine during pregnancy because they interpret correlation as causation. Attorneys faced a $1 billion jury verdict because of outlier data. Each chapter highlights one commonly misunderstood data concept, using both real-world and hypothetical examples from a wide range of topics – including business, politics, advertising, law, engineering, retail, parenting, and more – along with concrete ways to use this information to immediately start making smarter decisions.


Dr. Johnson received his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BA in economics, with highest distinction, from the University of Rochester.  

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