Grant Johnson is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation. He is an applied political and public finance economist using modern econometric methods to address policy-relevant questions that often have a dynamic, macroeconomic flavor. His current research focuses on international conflict, grand strategy, personnel, and military acquisition and procurement. His prior work examined fiscal policy at the federal, state, and local levels in the United States, with particular focuses on (1) the interplay between political processes and federal government contracting and (2) how sub-national fiscal institutions affect governments' response to business cycle movements. Johnson holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of California, San Diego and received B.A. degrees in mathematics and economics from Northwestern University.