About ICF
Jon Hecht
Director, Economics
Jon is an economics expert with nearly 20 years of experience in economic analysis, policy analysis, and research.

Jon provides advanced economic support to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), including conducting cost-benefit analyses of proposed rulemakings. His work for FHWA also includes various research projects on incorporating resilience into infrastructure investments, economic analysis of multimodal infrastructure projects, and an empirical study on the impacts of public infrastructure investment on private investment. Jon also has supported the USDOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration by conducting a cost-benefit analysis of proposed changes to the hours-of-service rules and several other proposed rulemakings. His primary areas of expertise are environmental economics, regulatory economics, cost-benefit analysis, and economic impact analysis. One particular area of expertise is estimating the monetary value of “non-market” benefits, such as improvements in environmental quality, public health, safety, and security.

Jon has more than 10 years of experience in the economic analysis of climate change and evaluating the costs and benefits of climate change mitigation measures. He also has experience in conducting cost-benefit analyses of climate change resiliency measures, such as resilient infrastructure investments designed to mitigate the impacts of floods. Jon co-led an effort with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish tools and methods for assessing the environmental, economic, and social values of protected areas in selected Southeast Asian countries. As part of this effort, Jon co-led two multi-day training workshops for land planners and managers from nine Southeast Asian countries to disseminate tools and methods for assessing the contributions of protected areas to sustainability objectives.

Jon also has extensive experience in valuing non-market ecosystem services. He led a project for the U.S. Department of Interior’s (USDOI) Bureau of Land Management to estimate the aggregate economic benefits of measures to conserve the habitat of Greater Sage-grouse in the western United States. Jon also worked with the California Department of Water resources to estimate the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s economic impacts on various environmental amenities, including air quality, water quality, and outdoor recreation.

Jon has provided regulatory support to numerous other federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Justice, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Corporation for National and Community Service, and Department of Labor. Jon’s regulatory analysis was published in the Federal Register, and he has co-authored several publications that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Ph.D., Duke University
  • M.E.M., Duke University
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • A Marketing Analysis of the Equitability of Water/Sewage Service Improvements, Journal of the American Water Works Association, 2015
  • Willingness-to-Pay for Greenhouse Gas Reductions: A Bayesian Investigation of Distributional Patterns, Environmental Science and Policy, 2012
  • Determining the Optimal Investment Plan for Water Utilities: The Case of Veolia Water Central, Water Science and Technology, 2010
  • Estimating the Economic Value of Water Quality in the Catawba River Basin of North and South Carolina, Water Resources Research, 2002
  • A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Water Quality Protection in the Catawba Basin, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 2002