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John  Johnson

John Johnson

President and CEO of Edgeworth Economics


John H. Johnson is President and CEO of Edgeworth Economics, a professional economist, expert witness, author, and speaker. He is a regular contributor to Washington D.C.’s leading news talk radio station WTOP, Huffington Post contributor, and is often called to comment as an expert on polling in various national televisions programs. Read More >

Through his leadership, Edgeworth Economics has become one of the world’s premier economic consulting firms. Dr. Johnson is known internationally for his ability to explain highly sophisticated concepts in a simple, straightforward manner and brings this skill to his consulting, writing, and speaking.

At Edgeworth, Dr. Johnson provides consulting and expert testimony for Fortune 100 clients, trade groups, and government agencies. In his litigation work, he guides companies and outside counsel on the appropriate use and interpretation of complex data sets, and has served as expert witness in some of today’s most high-stakes corporate lawsuits.

On the business analytics side, Dr. Johnson helps companies translate their complex internal data sets into strategic, actionable information across a variety of business settings including human resources, finance, marketing, manufacturing, and business intelligence. Both aspects share the need to understand — and properly apply — large, complex sets of data. He applies this same skill to his writing and speaking, where he helps audiences avoid the most common pitfalls people make when confronted with data, so they can become more confident and discerning consumers of data and make better decisions in their professional and personal lives.

Dr. Johnson is a frequent presenter on economic topics and the use of data, and co-author of EVERYDATA™: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Everyday. He has also authored numerous papers across his areas of expertise. Dr. Johnson received a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BA in Economics with Highest Distinction from the University of Rochester. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDTalk: EVERYDATA - Misinformation Hidden in Everyday Data

Speech Topics

EVERYDATA: Understanding the Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day

In this keynote speech John Johnson shows the audience the importance of understanding how to recognize the misinformation buried inside the “little data” that we consume all day, every day. By providing an engaging and easily understandable overview of basic statistical analysis techniques, coupled with real-world examples that show their relevance in our daily lives, John gives his audience the tools and the confidence to be smarter and more discerning in their approach to data.

Headlines by the Numbers: How To Spot Misleading News

John Johnson explores the different types of misleading news we see and read each day. Most of us are not trained as data experts or statisticians – but many of us are required to make data-based decisions on a daily basis. Sometimes these decisions are small, while other times they can be costly. John works with your audience to understand what conclusions can (and cannot) be drawn from the data you routinely encounter with, and what questions to ask so you make better, fact-based decisions.

When Numbers Meet People: Tales of an Entrepreneur Who Built a Data Driven Company

John Johnson started his own expert testifying firm in DC to train young people to become expert witnesses on all types of issues ranging from consumer safety to plane crashes. John hopes to empower young people to testify as expert witnesses, something only reserved for more senior people in the past. He is taking on the establishment and has been able to quickly scale in 5 years and has built a successful economic consulting company in Washington employing over 80 employees, Edgeworth Economics.