Regulatory Evaluation on Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections

Regulatory Evaluation on Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections

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To date, Econometrica has prepared a short-form regulatory evaluation about a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) final rule that implements the provision of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 requiring that U.S. carriers accept certain musical instruments as carry-on or checked baggage.

Developing the RIA involved conducting research into current U.S. carrier policies and estimating the benefits and costs of the final rule. To estimate the potential benefits, Econometrica examined:

  1. The distribution of instruments played by professional musicians.
  2. The extent to which musicians currently encounter difficulties in carrying or checking instruments.
  3. The extent to which any loss of income from not being able to perform at events that require air travel could be mitigated by additional performances for which instrument transportation is not a problem.

The costs examined included costs to covered carriers that must modify or create musical instrument carriage policies, update guidance for consumers, and train carrier personnel in new requirements. Econometrica used carrier website data to examine which U.S. carriers had specific musical instrument carriage plans and the degree of specificity of those plans. Econometrica also examined data on industry employment to determine the labor categories of employees most likely to be impacted by the musical instrument policies and estimated the opportunity cost of time that these employees would spend learning new policies.

DOT also expects to propose requirements relating to carriers’ frequent flyer programs in the upcoming notice of proposed rulemaking and final rule.

Determination of Fair and Reasonable U.S. Flag Ocean Freight Rates

Determination of Fair and Reasonable U.S. Flag Ocean Freight Rates

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Econometrica supported the determination of fair and reasonable U.S. flag ocean freight rates. We evaluated the Cargo Preference System-based data approach and evaluated policy alternatives for shippers.

Economic, Environmental and Statistical Support

Economic, Environmental and Statistical Support

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On a long-term contract, Econometrica provided onsite and offsite program and management support to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Office of Analysis, Research, and Technology and the Regulatory Evaluation Division of the Office of Policy. The scope of our support included:

  1. Regulatory evaluation.
  2. Technical writing and communications.
  3. Data query.
  4. Technical program support services for the State Safety Data Quality Program.
  5. Forms and records management and information collection support.
  6. Administrative program management support and analysis.
  7. Outreach and organizational support services.

Evaluation On Use of Mobile Wireless Devices for Voice Calls on Aircraft

Evaluation On Use of Mobile Wireless Devices for Voice Calls on Aircraft

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Market: Transportation

Start Year: 2016

Role: Prime

Client: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST)

Services Provided: Regulatory and Policy Analysis, Benefit–Cost Analysis, Literature Review, Regulatory Impact Analysis

 

On behalf of the Office of Assistant General Counsel, Econometrica estimated the costs and benefits of the proposed requirements, prepared a draft and final Regulatory Impact Analysis, and prepared and delivered the initial and final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis.