Robert Johansson serves as Deputy Chief Economist at the Department of Agriculture (USDA). In this role, he assists the Chief Economist with the Department's agricultural forecasts and projections and with advising the Secretary of Agriculture on economic implications of alternative programs, regulations, and legislative proposals.
Prior to this position, he served as the senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers for energy, environment, and agriculture. In addition, he has held several positions at USDA, both at the Economic Research Service and with the Climate Change Program Office within the Office of the Chief Economist. He has held positions at the Office of Management and Budget in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and at the Congressional Budget Office.
Dr. Johansson received his Ph.D. and M.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota, and B.A. in economics from Northwestern University. His research has spanned a wide range of issues, including biofuels policy, water quality and quantity policies, regulatory economics, food security, and regional modeling of agricultural systems. Prior to graduate school, he served with the U.S. Peace Corps as an extension agent in several African countries.