Tim Johnson

Grace and Elmer Goudy Professor of Public Management and Policy Analysis, Director, Center for Governance and Public Policy Research

Biography

Tim Johnson joined the Atkinson faculty in 2011. Since then, Tim has developed courses that train managers how to use politics and public policy to advance the missions of their enterprises. Tim informs these classes with insights from his research, which has been published in outlets across the social sciences including Nature, The Journal of Public of Public Administration Research and Theory, Economics Letters, The Journal of Abnormal Psychology, The Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Political Psychology. Tim's research activities, moreover, have afforded him the opportunity to work with scientists from across the globe. Upon completing his Bachelor's degree at the University of Oregon in 2004, Tim worked as a Predoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, Germany and completed his PhD studies at Stanford University.

Education

  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • M.A., Stanford University
  • B.A. University of Oregon

Areas of Instruction

Public Management and Public Policy

Research Interests

If you are interested in learning more about Tim's research, please visit www.tim-j.com.

Selected Publications

Johnson, Tim, and Gregory B. Lewis. (Forthcoming). Inspecting the Merit System’s “Pivotal Idea”: Does Competitive Examination Increase the Qualifications and Quality of the U.S. Federal Service? Review of Public Personnel Administration

Johnson, Tim, and Robert W. Walker (In Print). The Career Advancement of Military Veterans in Recent Cohorts of the U.S. Executive Branch. Public Personnel Management (Online First Edition). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0091026018783015.

Johnson, Tim, and Oleg Smirnov. (2018). Inequality as information: Wealth homophily facilitates the evolution of cooperation. Scientific Reports 8: 11605. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-30052-1 

Johnson, Tim (2018). Moral externalization is an implausible mechanism for cooperation, let alone “hypercooperation.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences 41: e106. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X18000110

Johnson, Tim, Christopher T. Dawes, Matt McGue, and William G. Iacono. (2018). Numbers Assigned in the Vietnam-Era Selective Service Lotteries Influence the Military Service Decisions of Children Born to Draft-Eligible Men: A Research Note. Armed Forces & Society 44 (2): 347-367.

Chang, Han Il, Christopher T. Dawes, and Tim Johnson. (2017). Political Inequality, Centralized Sanctioning Institutions, and the Maintenance of Public Goods. Bulletin of Economic Research. (Online Advance Edition). DOI: 10.1111/boer.12140.

Jeon, Sangick, Tim Johnson, and Amanda L. Robinson. (2017). Nationalism and Social Sanctioning Across Ethnic Lines: Experimental Evidence from the Kenya-Tanzania Border. Journal of Experimental Political Science 4 (1): 1-20. 

Johnson, Tim, and Christopher T. Dawes. (2016). Do Parents' Life Experiences Affect the Political and Civic Participation of their Children? The Case of Draft-Induced Military Service. Political Behavior 38 (4): 793–816.

Johnson, Tim, and Nicholai Lidow. (2016). Band of Brothers (and Fathers and Sisters and Mothers…): Estimating Rates of Military Participation among Liberians Living with Relatives in the Military; A Research Note. Armed Forces & Society 42 (2): 436–448.

Tim Johnson. (2014). Service after Serving: Does Veterans' Preference Diminish the Quality of the US Federal Service? Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. doi: 10.1093/jopart/muu033

Jowei Chen and Tim Johnson. (2014). Federal Employee Unionization and Presidential Control of the Bureaucracy: Estimating and Explaining Ideological Change in Executive Agencies. Journal of Theoretical Politics. doi: 10.1177/0951629813518126

Tim Johnson, Mikhail Myagkov, and John Orbell. (2013). Distinctive Preferences Toward Risk in the Substantive Domain of Sociality. Political Psychology 34, 1-22.

Tim Johnson. (2012). The Strategic Logic of Costly Punishment Necessitates Natural Field Experiments and At Least One Such Experiment Exists. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 35, 31-32.

Tim Johnson and Oleg Smirnov. (2012). An Alternative Mechanism through which Economic Inequality Facilitates Collective Action: Wealth Disparities as a Sign of Cooperativeness. Journal of Theoretical Politics, 24, 461-484.

Bettina von Helversen, Andreas Wilke, Tim Johnson, Gabriele Schmid, and Burghard Klapp. (2011). Performance Benefits of Depression: Sequential Decision Making in a Healthy and a Clinically Depressed Sample. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 962-968.

Oleg Smirnov, Christopher T. Dawes, James H. Fowler, Tim Johnson, and Richard McElreath. (2010). The Behavioral Logic of Collective Action: Partisans Cooperate and Punish More than Non-Partisans. Political Psychology, 31, 595-616.

Tim Johnson, Christopher T. Dawes, James H. Fowler, Richard McElreath, and Oleg Smirnov. (2009). The Role of Egalitarian Motives in Altruistic Punishment. Economics Letters, 102, 192-194.

Christopher T. Dawes, James H. Fowler, Tim Johnson, Richard McElreath, and Oleg Smirnov. (2007). Egalitarian Motives in Humans. Nature, 446, 794-796.

Tim Johnson, Mikhail Myagkov, and John Orbell. (2005). Sociality as a defensive response to the threat of loss. Politics and the Life Sciences, 23, 13-9.

James H. Fowler, Tim Johnson, and Oleg Smirnov. (2005). Egalitarian Motive and Altruistic Punishment. Nature, 433, E1. (doi:10.1038/nature03256).

Selected Presentations

Johnson, Tim, and Oleg Smirnov. Economic Homophily Facilitates the Evolution of Cooperation. E-poster Presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting. (2018).

Chen, Jowei, and Tim Johnson. Ideological Representation of Geographic Constituencies in the U.S. Bureaucracy [Amended and Revised Version of Same-Named Paper, Below]. Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. (2017).

Johnson, Tim, and Jowei Chen. Incentives for Political versus Technical Expertise in the Public Bureaucracy. Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. (2016).

Chen, Jowei, and Tim Johnson. Ideological Representation of Geographic Constituencies in the U.S. Bureaucracy. Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. (2016).

Johnson, Tim. Learning from the Consequences of Veterans’ Preference: Implications for Hiring Initiatives that Promote Diversity and Inclusion. U.S. Office of Personnel Management Research Summit. (2016).

Johnson, Tim. Trust and Risk in the Decision to Enter a Randomized Experiment. New York University Center for Experimental Social Science 9th Annual Experimental Political Science Conference. (2016).

Johnson, Tim, and Christopher T. Dawes. Long-term Policy Feedback: The Political Repercussions of the Vietnam Draft, Forty Years after the Last Lottery Number was Called for Induction. Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. (2015).

Johnson, Tim, and Chris Dawes. How Vietnam-Era Military Service Affected the Civic Participation of Subsequent Generations. Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. (2014).

Bonica, Adam, Jowei Chen, & Tim Johnson. Automated Methods for Estimating the Political Ideology of Individual Public Bureaucrats Across Time and in a Common Ideological Space. Paper presented at the Annual Summer Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology. (2012).

Johnson, Tim. Service After Serving: Do Military Veterans Make High-Performing Public Bureaucrats? Paper presented at the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. (2010).

Johnson, Tim. The Problem with Pendleton‟s Premise: Non-Meritocratic Hiring Can Improve Bureaucratic Performance. Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. (2010).

Johnson, Tim, Smirnov, Oleg. The Evolution of Cooperation through Fitness Cues. Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. (2007).

Myagkov, M., Orbell, J., Johnson, T., Menshikov, I. Sociality as Risky Choice in Economic Theory and its Critic Prospect Theory. Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. (2007).

von Helversen, B., T. Johnson. Individual Differences in Satisficing and Strategies for Sequential Choice. Paper presented at the Society for Judgment and Decision Making Annual Conference. (2006).

Fowler, J.H., Johnson, T., McElreath, R., and Smirnov, O. Inequality Reduces Punishment-Induced Cooperation in Humans. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences. (2005).

Johnson, T., Myagkov, M., Orbell. A Bias toward Loss Aversion in the Choice to Enter Risky Cooperative Games. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. (2005).