About NRDC

Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson Chief Economist, Climate Center, Washington, DC, Climate & Clean Air Program

Press Contact:
Jake Thompson
(202) 289-6868

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.

Recent Posts

    Sign up for NRDC's online newsletter

    See the latest issue >

    NRDC Gets Top Ratings from the Charity Watchdogs

    Charity Navigator awards NRDC its 4-star top rating.
    Worth magazine named NRDC one of America's 100 best charities.
    NRDC meets the highest standards of the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau.

    Donate now >

    Share | |
    Find NRDC on