Dr David Harrison has extensive experience evaluating the economic effects of energy, environment and transportation policies and programmes, among others. He has directed projects on benefit-cost analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, economic impact analysis and other topics throughout North America and in Europe, Africa and the Pacific Rim.
Dr Harrison’s energy and environmental projects include climate change, renewables, energy efficiency, air emissions, water quality, hazardous waste and other programmes. His studies relate to individual proceedings as well as to comments on agency rulemakings. He has worked across the automotive, electricity, petroleum, natural gas, cement and small engines industries, among others. Active in the development and economic assessment of climate change policies around the world, Dr Harrison assisted the European Commission and the UK government with the design and implementation of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Dr Harrison has evaluated the economic benefits from non-compliance with environmental regulations. He has testified on the results of these energy and environmental studies in regulatory hearings and trials.
Dr Harrison has directed numerous economic impact studies for policies and projects in transportation (airports, highways, airlines), energy (power plants, pipelines), remediation (Superfund), manufacturing (automotive, chemical, petrochemical, others), and services (Airbnb, data centres, finance). Study areas include US cities, counties and states, as well as countries in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.
Dr Harrison was previously an associate professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School and senior staff economist at the US President’s Council of Economic Advisors. He received PhD and MA degrees in economics from Harvard University; an MSc from LSE; and a BA in economics from Harvard College.