Disaster Recovery Operations

Disaster Recovery Operations

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Econometrica will provide support services for the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the coordinating agency for the Recovery Support Function under the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). NDRF provides a structure for all Federal agencies to participate in ongoing disaster planning and recovery.

In this Blanket Purchase Agreement, Econometrica will provide on-demand expertise in economic recovery, economic resiliency, economic development, workforce development, economic analysis and research, and training, as the need arises.

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.

Monitoring Services for Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreements

Monitoring Services for Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreements

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As the monitoring contractor, Econometrica supported 33 Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreement Program (TIPCAP) grantees in 9 IHS Areas. Econometrica provided technical assistance and guidance in program planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting. In addition, Econometrica provided training, promoted knowledge sharing, and conducted other skill-building activities to improve program capacity and injury prevention program sustainability.

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.

Economic Impact Analysis of Affordable Housing Developments

Economic Impact Analysis of Affordable Housing Developments

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Market: Housing & Community Development

Start Year: 2015

Role: Prime

Client: Houston Housing Authority

Services Provided: Data Collection, Statistical Analysis, Market Analysis, Real Estate Impact Analysis, Economic Impact Analysis

The Houston Housing Authority (HHA) contracted with Econometrica to analyze the site benefits, neighborhood effects, and economic impacts of the development of new affordable housing on three sites around the Houston, TX, area. These studies were intended to support HHA’s application to HUD for funding approval and to provide advice to HHA on the feasibility and desirability of its development plans. One project would replace a public housing project that had been demolished due to extensive hurricane damage. The other two were mixed-finance projects that would be built with Low-Income Housing Tax Credit financing. Issues examined included affordable housing preservation needs, compliance with fair housing standards, transportation linkages, and integration with the city’s development plan. Econometrica toured the sites, collected data on the sites and surrounding areas, analyzed the data, and estimated the social and economic impacts of developing and operating the sites as affordable housing.