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Prior to starting Pacific Analytics, Jim Johnson was employed by the Ministry of Finance/BC STATS where he was responsible for developing the BC Economic Accounts and for the BC Econometric Forecasting Model used in preparing the provincial budget each year. He also used the BC Input-Output Model for analyses of a number of different projects.  Since then, his focus continues on economic assessments, impact analysis and economic/financial modelling.  He has been lead consultant on a number of projects around the world, including in Australia, Brazil, Ireland, UK, US,  Jamaica, and most recently Benin.  He also works in many parts of Canada, including Alberta, Northwest Territories, Yukon and, of course, British Columbia.

Areas of Expertise include:

Vehicle Modeling

Pacific Analytics is the provincial expert on vehicle data.  We provide much of the input data to the provincial government for developing the Community Energy and Emissions Initiatives (CEEI) estimates of GHG emissions by municipality and maintain a detailed database of vehicle characteristics for all vehicles and regions in BC. 

We also have developed a proprietary VKT/GHG Emissions Forecasting Model used by TransLink for its internal studies.  The Model provides estimates of fuel consumption and GHGs by vehicle type and fuel type for each municipality and Regional District in the province from the year 2000 to 2045.  The Model enables an analyst to estimate the impacts of population growth, changing fuel prices, changing income levels, improvements in fuel efficiencies, transit fare costs, small area transit access (conventional and Skytrain) and densities, plus other scenario variables.  A more detailed description of the Model can be found under the AUTOSTAT Tab..

Input-Output Analysis

Input-Output (I/O) analysis is the technique used to estimate the importance of an industry sector to the overall economy or the value of a new construction project in terms of GDP, jobs created and taxes contributed to governments.  I/O analysis is a very exacting technique and is the same methodology that Statistics Canada uses in determining the value of industries such as Forestry or Mining to the economy.  With over 30 years of experience in I/O analysis, within the BC government and in consulting, we understand the nuances of the technique (e.g., the importance of converting purchaser prices to producer prices) when undertaking the analysis.  This ensures that our work is completely comparable to Statistics Canada analyses. Recent assessments have included Bear Viewing on BC’s Central Coast and a large scale assessment of all Tourism sub-sectors in Jamaica.  

An important feature of Pacific Analytics is our proprietary Regional I/O Impact Model. Using detailed data from Statistics Canada, the Regional Impact Model (RIM) estimates economic impacts for each Regional District in BC, providing impacts for GDP, Wages and Salaries, Employment and government taxes by government level by 15 separate tax types.  More information on RIM is available under the HOME page.  

Tourism Analysis

In 1993, Mr. Johnson won the International Travel and Toursim Research Association's award for "Best Tourism Research".  Building on the innovative methodology developed, Pacific Analytics has conducted a large number of tourism-related impact assessments, ranging from bear viewing to salt and freshwater fishing, hunting, golfing , skiing  and the like.  This work was implemented in Jamaica, starting in 1994 when a complete tourism Input-Output Model was developed.  The data and methodology was updated in 1998, again in 2002 and again last year.  The resultant data are used by the Jamaica Statistical Agency (STATIN) in developing their own National Accounts.