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Natural Resources Defense Council
1152 15th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 289-6868

Laurie Johnson

Chief Economist, Climate and Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

Laurie Tipton Johnson is the Chief Economist at NRDC’s Climate and Clean Air Program in Washington, DC. Her work at NRDC focuses on modeling the costs and benefits of climate change pollution, estimating the impacts of environmental regulation on employment and the economy, and critiquing industry analyses of climate and clean air regulations and legislation. Dr. Johnson also has expertise in fossil fuel and renewable energy.

Prior to joining the NRDC, Laurie was a professor of economics at the University of Denver for eight years, covering environmental economics, cost benefit analysis, statistics, macroeconomics, political economy, 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, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, and the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Laurie received her PhD in economics from the University of Washington, Seattle.

  • Professor of Economics, University of Denver
  • Visiting Professor, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Center for Policy Research, State University of New York at Albany
  • Visiting Professor, Dickinson College
  • Policy Analyst, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Ph.D., Economics, University of Washington, Seattle
B.A., Political Economy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Johnson, LT, Hope, CW, and Yeh, S. 2013. The Social Cost of Carbon: Implications for Modernizing our Electricity System. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Johnson, LT, and Hope, CW, 2012. The Social Cost of Carbon in U.S. Regulatory Impact Analyses: an Introduction and Critique. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 2(3), 205-221.

Johnson, LT, 2006. Contingent Valuation and Distributional Preferences. Ecological Economics, 56(4), 475-487.

Johnson, LT, Rutström, EE, and George JG, 2006. Income Distribution Preferences and Regulatory Change in Social Dilemmas. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 61(2), 181-198.

Additional Issues: Economic costs of climate change, costs and benefits of reducing climate change pollution and regulation, employment effects of environmental regulation, fossil fuel and renewable energy, industry economic analyses of climate change regulations and policies, costs and benefits of clean air standards

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