Bryce specializes in economic analysis, modeling, and urban and labor economics.Related Areas of Expertise Environmental Quality
ECONorthwest examines the relationship between environmental quality and economic growth.Ecosystem Service Valuation
ECONorthwest uses the latest science and economic techniques to incorporate ecosystem service values into economic analyses.Environmental Enforcement, Damages, & Liability
ECONorthwest applies economics to environmental, natural resource and energy-related litigation.
Despite regulations, safeguards, and other precautions, accidents happen and people incur damages. Over the past 30 years, we have calculated the value associated with damages to natural resources across the globe. More often than not, damages to natural resources are considered in a litigation context. Oil spills, for example, often damage aquatic and coastal habitat across large areas, and the affected entities (e.g., individuals, companies, municipalities) bring suit against those responsible.
The main question in many of these cases is, What is the extent of damages to natural resources, in monetary terms? so that those at fault can be held accountable, and those injured are made whole.
Our staff include Ph.D. economists with the expertise necessary to provide testimony and litigation support in cases where natural resources have been damaged. Some of our relevant experience includes:
Each case brings its own set of challenges, and ECONorthwest has experience applying sound, nationally- and professionally-recognized methodologies to identify relevant damages and estimate their value. We have estimated the value of opportunity costs incurred by municipal employees while dealing with the aftermath of spill events. We have conducted habitat equivalency analysis (HEA) to estimate the value of natural resource damages. We work closely with natural scientists to estimate the extent of environmental damages in ecological terms, and the amount of mitigation to restore the ecosystem and cover lost services over time.