Jonathan (Jon) Hecht, a director of economics at ICF, has more than 18 years of experience in economic analysis, policy analysis, and research. Jon is an expert in cost-benefit analysis, economic impact analysis, and environmental economics. He specializes in estimating the monetary value of “non-market” benefits, such as improvements in environmental quality, public health, safety, and security. Jon has conducted regulatory cost-benefit analyses and has prepared Regulatory Impact Analyses for a wide range of federal agencies, including the Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior, Department of Labor, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For the Bureau of Land Management, Jon led a project to estimate the aggregate economic benefits of measures to conserve the habitat of Greater Sage-grouse in the western United States. For the Federal Highway Administration, Jon is conducting research on how to best analyze the economic impacts of incorporating resilience in transportation infrastructure. For the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Low Emissions Asian Development Program, he co-led an effort to develop tools and methods for the assessment of 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 to sustainability of protected areas. Jon’s regulatory analysis has been published in the Federal Register, and he has co-authored several publications that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals.