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. Noel's recent research has focused on questions such as, "how do states build administrative and fiscal capacity?" and  "how has the disease environment and climate affected economic and social outcomes under dierent institutional settings?" His work is published in outlets such as the Economic Journal, the Journal of Economic Growth, and the Journal of Development Economics. He recently published a book (with Mark Koyama) on the rise of religious freedom in the West---Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom. He received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and his BA from Kenyon College.

CEPR Policy Research


  • 17 - 18 August 2019 / Peking University, Beijing / Chinese University of Hong Kong – Tsinghua University Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy, the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development at Stanford University, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, BREAD, NBER and CEPR
  • 19 - 20 August 2019 / Vienna, Palais Coburg / WU Research Institute for Capital Markets (ISK)
  • 29 - 30 August 2019 / Galatina, Italy /
  • 4 - 5 September 2019 / Roma Eventi, Congress Center, Pontificia Università Gregoriana Piazza della Pilotta, 4, Rome, Italy / European Center of Sustainable Development , CIT University
  • 9 - 14 September 2019 / Guildford, Surrey, UK / The University of Surrey