Noel Johnson

Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Noel Johnson is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is also a Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center and a faculty member at the Center for Study of Public Choice. His research interests focus on the historical origins of modern economic growth. He is especially concerned with how states either impeded or facilitated economic success from the early-modern period to the present-day.

His recent papers have focused on the relationship between the development of state fiscal capacity and the treatment of marginalised groups such as heretics, individuals accused of witchcraft, and Jewish communities. He also works on the measurement and explanation of persistent cultural norms such as trusting behavior or the belief in superstitions. He received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and his BA from Kenyon College.

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