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Economic & Financial Analysis

ICF provides economic and financial analysis to public and private organizations seeking to assess policies and programs, understand a market, or improve their competitive position.

Clients turn repeatedly to ICF to solve their most complex challenges. They rely on our innovative economic analysis, real-world grounding, and demonstrated ability to deliver useful and timely results that help them meet their goals, no matter how big.

Our interdisciplinary teams of economists, analysts, and subject matter experts provide the following services across all markets served by ICF:

  • Cap and Trade Policy Analysis — For more than 20 years, we have supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and market-based international programs that cut greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting chemicals. Our unparalleled experience designing and analyzing market-based, cap-and-trade air pollution policies and regulations.
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis — ICF has conducted cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses for clients in a wide variety of areas such as energy, environment, and transportation. We excel at quantifying benefits and costs that fall outside the bounds of typical market activity and are not readily expressed in monetary terms.
  • Econometric and Statistical Analysis — We offer state-of-the-art statistical and econometric capabilities for projects that involve modeling the functional relationship between multiple variables.
  • Economic Development and Competitiveness Strategies — ICF helps metropolitan areas and regions assess and enhance their "sustainable prosperity." We analyze the community's competitive position in a given industry or industry cluster, develop strategies to attract businesses, and formulate comprehensive economic development plans.
  • Economic Impact Modeling — ICF specializes in estimating the economic impacts of policies and programs on economic activity. We select from regional economic impact models such as IMPLAN®, REMI®, or Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI), based on the best fit for the analysis at hand. Economic impact modeling is especially useful for analyzing the regional or national job creation and tax revenue effect of an investment in activities such as renewable energy and infrastructure construction, or even the potential damages from terrorist attacks.
  • Financial Analysis and Small Entity Impacts — Our experts evaluate financial trends and models future financial performance of individual firms, including small entities, by looking at cash flows, financial ratios, size measures, and business risks. We design financial tests to evaluate the fiscal health of businesses, local governments, hospitals, and universities.
  • Market Profiling — ICF profiles market sectors by analyzing detailed information on industry structure (such as number and size of firms and regional coverage), markets and competition, labor force, financial performance, regulatory environment, and technological trends.
  • Non-market Valuation — ICF excels at estimating the monetary value of goods and services that are not bought or sold in a market.
  • Risk and Uncertainty Analysis — We specialize in performing Monte Carlo simulations and other kinds of sensitivity analysis to estimate the effects of uncertainty and risk on business and policy options. ICF economists apply state-of-the-art tools, such as @Risk and Crystal Ball, and create econometric and spreadsheet models that use uncertain input values and produce outcomes with easily interpretable results.