Improving the Health and Safety of Transit Workers

Improving the Health and Safety of Transit Workers

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Market: Health, Transportation & Aerospace

Start Year: 2017

Role: Sub

Client: Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Services Provided: Benefit—Cost Analysis, Data Collection, Econometrics, Literature Review, Programming & Planning Evaluation

Econometrica is conducting a project that analyzes the health and safety of transit workers and the costs associated with their health and safety for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Econometrica will research cost estimates associated with health conditions and risks experienced by transit workers. Econometrica will conduct cost–benefit analyses of health promotion and protection programs at transit agencies. The analyses will measure the programs’ benefits, including savings from reduced absenteeism, turnover, and workers’ compensation payments, against their costs. These analyses will help identify programs that produce positive bottom-line effects for the fiscal health of transit agencies and the health of transit workers.

Economic Analysis and Evaluation Services

Economic Analysis and Evaluation Services

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As a subcontractor to International Development Group LLC (IDG), Econometrica provides economic analysis and independent evaluation services in support of IDG’s post-project evaluations of the Mongolia North-South Road Project and the Roads and Bridges Activity in Cabo Verde for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

For this effort, the team is gathering information needed to estimate the economic rate of return on MCC’s investment in these two projects, evaluate the current maintenance practices, determine who is traveling on the roads, and assess the transportation market structure.

Program Management Support Services

Program Management Support Services

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Under a contract with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Cross-Modal Division, Economic Analysis Branch, Econometrica provides economic and statistical analysis, rulemaking development and support, and program management services. Econometrica supports eight task areas under this contract:

  1. Research and analysis: Conducts research and analysis of the transportation industry, existing regulations, industry standards, strategies, and practices pertaining to regulatory action and report findings.
  2. Process development, analysis, and mapping: Identifies program elements necessary to execute regulations such as setting standards, compliance reviews, recurrence, updates/modifications, stakeholder outreach, and other essential processes.
  3. Economic data collection: Supports requirements of Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) and Final Regulatory Flexibility Assessment and gathers data to support population surveys of regulated industry.
  4. Economic data analysis: Assesses cost impact of regulatory action utilizing a cost–benefit, cost-effectiveness, or break-even analysis and provides data and cost association based on developed risk scenarios.
  5. Public comment support: Develops and manages a process that receives, sorts, tracks, records, reports, and supports public comments via the Federal Register process.
  6. Public meeting support: Holds approximately 10 public meetings a year to support the regulatory agenda and participates in planning sessions to discuss meeting logistics.
  7. Technical writing: Provides onsite and offsite editors to edit rulemaking documents such as preambles, regulatory text, discussion papers, and other documents to support the regulatory justification suitable for publication in the Federal Register.
  8. Project management: Assists in coordinating the planning and tracking of information and activities with TSA components to promote timely integration and to meet regulatory deadlines and prepares timelines, project briefings, and status reports to support the rulemaking process.

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.

HSB Poison Control Program (PCP)

HSB Poison Control Program (PCP)

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Market: Health

Start Year: 2014

Role: Sub

Client: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Services Provided: Benefit–Cost Analysis, Statistical Analysis 

As a subcontractor, Econometrica conducted a retrospective survey to determine the impact of poison center consultations on hospital readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries. Our efforts supported the goals of the Health Resources and Services Administration.