Laurie Johnson Chief Economist, Climate Center, Washington, DC, Climate & Clean Air Program
Areas of Focus
Environmental and natural resource economics, cost benefit analysis, economics of climate change legislation, environmental regulation and jobs.
Laurie Johnson is the chief economist at NRDC's climate and clean air program in Washington, DC. Since joining NRDC in 2008, she has concentrated on modeling the costs and benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the impacts of environmental regulation on employment, economic analyses of regulation by industry, and macroeconomic modeling of climate change legislation and its distributional impacts.
Prior to joining NRDC, she was a professor of economics at the University of Denver for eight years, covering environmental economics, cost benefit analysis, statistics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and poverty. Articles by Laurie have appeared in peer reviewed journals, including Ecological Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Journal of Economic Education, and the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. Laurie received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington, Seattle.