Economic and financial analysis

Our skilled economists, data analysts, and industry specialists deliver insightful economic analyses that empower our clients to make informed policy decisions.

Increase government program effectiveness by evaluating costs and benefits

Understanding the costs and benefits of alternative policy options enhances efficiency, minimizes unintended consequences, and ensures policies align with agency goals. Our economists are experts at estimating and communicating the costs and benefits of environmental, social, health, financial, and law enforcement projects, policies, and regulations. We excel at quantifying the benefits and costs falling outside the bounds of market activity that are not readily monetized but often critical to decision making.

Improve outcomes by understanding the economic impacts of government actions

Considering diverse population impacts in policy and regulatory development is vital for equitable outcomes, ensuring fair treatment, addressing unique needs, and promoting social justice. We use numerous analytical tools and methods to ensure our economic analyses capture important differences among populations as well as communicate how populations across region, age, gender, income, race, and ethnicity are impacted by each potential policy option.

Use advanced economic modeling techniques to improve decisions

Data holds the key to improved decision making and policy outcomes. By employing advanced modeling techniques and statistical tools, our economists and data scientists leverage data to help our clients answer difficult policy questions. We employ state-of-the art data cleaning, data harmonization, and data analysis methods to turn data into insights. We also routinely leverage our broad industry expertise to model complex systems to simulate the impacts of policies and regulations on the environment, human health and safety, impacted industries, and the broader economy.

Harness the power of the market to achieve policy goals

Market-based solutions to environmental issues, like climate change, incentivize innovation and efficiency through mechanisms like tax credits, incentives, and emissions trading. These tools drive sustainable practices, benefiting the economy and environment. We have helped governments worldwide, as well as private entities, analyze energy and environmental programs to cut greenhouse gasses, and evaluate policies affecting criteria air pollutants and ozone-depleting chemicals. We have played a role in virtually all market-based emission reduction policies, from the Acid Rain Program to more recent carbon trading programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Advance economic growth and competitiveness

Economic impact analyses are crucial for regional planning, providing insights into employment, income, and business development associated with planned public and private investments. To ensure that project costs are fully recovered fairly and equitably, we conduct user fee studies to assist government clients in determining appropriate fee structures. We also help regions, states, local jurisdictions, and industries assess and improve their competitive position and develop strategies to attract businesses and formulate economic development plans.

Our services

Economic analyses

  • Compliance Cost Analysis
  • Financial Impact Analyses
  • Valuation of human health risk reductions
  • Valuation of ecosystem services
  • Regional economic development and competitiveness studies
  • Market-based environmental program design
  • International development program evaluation

Regulatory analyses

  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Paperwork Reduction Act burden estimation
  • Regulatory impacts on small businesses, governments, and tribes
  • Regulatory impacts on children and other sensitive populations
  • Unfunded Mandate Reform Act Analysis
  • Environmental Justice analyses

Data science and modeling

  • Econometric and statistical analysis
  • Computable general equilibrium modeling
  • Complex system modeling
  • Regional economic Impact analysis
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Environmental fate and transport modeling
  • Integrated Planning Model (IPMĀ©) for Energy Production and Demand

Our technology

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