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Dr. Berkman is an expert in applied microeconomics in the areas of the environment, energy, and natural resources; environmental health and safety; discrimination; and intellectual property.

He has assisted both public and private clients and provided testimony before state and federal courts, arbitration panels, regulatory bodies, and legislatures.

His environmental work has involved the review of proposed air, water, solid waste, and worker and product safety regulations. Dr. Berkman has quantified the costs and benefits of these regulations, as well as toxic tort and product liability claims. In addition, he has valued natural and water resources as well as property damages associated with pollution from Superfund sites, landfills, and power plants.

His work on energy matters includes the valuation of coal resources, power plants, and transmission rights-of-way. He has extensive experience working with Native American tribes on these matters.

Dr. Berkman also has substantial experience in labor and discrimination litigation. He has conducted several studies of discrimination by mortgage lenders for federal regulators and conducted internal reviews to detect such practices on behalf of lending institutions. He has conducted statistical analyses of alleged discrimination in hiring, promotion, pay, and contracting, and completed damage analyses regarding these allegations. His clients in these matters include public agencies and corporations.

Clients in a variety of industries ranging from computer chip to shoe manufacturers have sought Dr. Berkman’s assistance to calculate damages in intellectual property cases. He has testified at both depositions and trials at the state and federal level regarding these calculations.

Representative Engagements
Statistical analysis in alleged mortgage fraud using logistic and survival models
Compiled and analyzed statistical evidence of alleged mortgage fraud by a major lending institution against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office using logistic and survival models.
Statistical analysis in alleged mortgage fraud
Compiled and analyzed statistical evidence of alleged mortgage fraud by a major lending institution against Syncora, a mono line insurance company, on behalf of the plaintiff.
Mortgage discrimination analysis for U.S. Department of Justice
Complied and analyzed statistical evidence of alleged mortgage discrimination by a major lending institution for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mortgage discrimination analysis for the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau
Complied and analyzed statistical evidence of alleged mortgage discrimination by two major lending institutions for the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.
Study of economic impact of polystyrene ban
Conducted an economic impact and cost benefit study of proposed bans on polystyrene (Styrofoam) in California on behalf of Dart Industries. The study was influential in the decision by the California legislature to not implement the ban.
Solid waste flow control analysis
Prepared an expert report for plaintiff, C.A. Carbone, a solid waste transfer station operator in Carbone v. Rockland County New York regarding the economic consequences of a ban on out-of-county waste shipments.
Publications
Report
Salem and Hope Creek Nuclear Power Plants Contribution to the New Jersey Economy
December 2017
Prepared for PSEG and Exelon Generation

This report finds that the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear power plants make substantial contributions to the New Jersey economy and the environment.

Article
Efficiency and Nuclear Energy: Complements, not Competitors, for a Low-Carbon Future
August 2017
To be submitted to The Electricity Journal in response to Amory Lovins, “Do Coal and Nuclear Generation Deserve Above-Market Prices?,” The Electricity Journal, July 2017, Vol. 30, Issue 6, Pages 22-30.
Report
Renewable Energy Growth Program Analysis
May 12, 2017
Prepared for the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and the Distributed

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) and Distributed Generation Board engaged The Brattle Group to conduct a study to assess the economic, jobs, and environmental impacts of the Renewable Energy Growth (REG) Program years 2015 and 2016 as well as to estimate, based on the experience with program years 2015 and 2016, the expected impacts of the overall REG program between 2015 and 2019.

Report
Ohio Nuclear Power Plants' Contribution to the State Economy
April 25, 2017
Prepared for Nuclear Matters

This report finds that Ohio’s nuclear energy plants will contribute approximately $510 million to the state gross domestic product (GDP) over the next ten years (2018-2027), in addition to other economic and societal benefits.

Report
Preserving Upstate Nuclear Saves New York Consumers Billions, Compared With Additional Renewables Beyond CES Goals
December 08, 2016
Report
Pennsylvania Nuclear Power Plants' Contribution to the State Economy
December 2016
Prepared for Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council, The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Report
Comment on "Green Overload" - an Issue Brief by the Empire Center
October 18, 2016
Report
Electricity Cost and Environmental Effects of Retiring the Quad Cities and Clinton Nuclear Plants
October 2016
Prepared for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association
The report estimates the effects that two Illinois nuclear plants, the Quad Cities and Clinton plants, have on electricity costs to Illinois consumers, and on emissions of CO2 and other pollutants.
Article
Preliminary Comment on New York Department of Public Service “Staff’s Responsive Proposal for Preserving Zero-Emissions Attributes”
July 12, 2016
Prepared for the New York State IBEW Utility Labor Council, Rochester Building & Construction Trades Council, and Central and Northern New York Building & Construction Trades Council
Article
Produced Water—Emerging Challenges, Risks, and Opportunities
May 05, 2016
Earl L. Hagström, Christopher Lyles, Mala Pattanayek, Bridgette DeShields, and Mark P. Berkman
Published in the Volume 28, Issue 2, of the Environmental Claims Journal
Report
Comments on the New York DPS "Clean Energy Standard White Paper – Cost Study"
April 21, 2016
Prepared for the New York State IBEW Utility Labor Council, Rochester Building & Construction Trades Council, and Central and Northern New York Building & Construction Trades Council
Article
The electricity–water nexus: is a crisis imminent?
January 21, 2016
Published in Water Policy
Book
The Legal and Economic Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing Bans
December 15, 2015
Mark P. Berkman and Earl Hagström
Published in Hydraulic Fracturing: Environmental Issues
Report
New York’s Upstate Nuclear Power Plants’ Contribution to the State Economy
December 2015
Prepared for the New York State IBEW Utility Labor Council, Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council, and the Central and Northern New York Building and Construction Trades Council
Report
Analysis of the Boston 2024 Proposed Summer Olympic Plans
August 17, 2015
Coleman D. Bazelon, Pallavi Seth, Steven Herscovici, Mark P. Berkman, Allen R. Sanderson, Brad Humphreys, Joseph J. Floyd, and Michael P. Abasciano
Prepared for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of the Governor, President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House
Report
Analysis of the Boston 2024 Proposed Summer Olympic Plans - Executive Summary
August 17, 2015
Coleman D. Bazelon, Pallavi Seth, Steven Herscovici, Mark P. Berkman, Allen R. Sanderson, Brad Humphreys, Joseph J. Floyd, and Michael P. Abasciano
Prepared for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of the Governor, President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House
Report
The Nuclear Industry’s Contribution to the U.S. Economy
July 07, 2015
Prepared for Nuclear Matters
Report
Surviving The Storm
March 2015
Mark P. Berkman and Stephen Lagos
Prepared for the Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Report
A Review of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Draft Regulatory Impact Analysis
November 14, 2014
Prepared for The Railway Supply Institute, Committee on Tank Cars
Report
A Learning Investment-Based Analysis of the Economic Potential for Offshore Wind: The Case of the United States
February 28, 2013
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Article
The Adverse Impact of Particulate Matter on Property Values
August 2012
Mark P. Berkman, Kyle Hubbard, and Timothy Savage
Published in International Real Estate Review
Article
Effect of Coal-Fired Power Generation on Visibility in a Nearby National Park
July 2012
Mark P. Berkman and Jonathan Terhorst
Published in Atmospheric Environment
Article
Reply to Comment on Effect of Coal-fired Power Generation on Visibility at a Nearby National Park (Terhorst and Berkman, 2010)
April 21, 2012
Published in Atmospheric Environment
Report
Economic Analysis of SB568’s Proposed Polystyrene Ban
June 24, 2011
Prepared for Dart Industries, Inc.
News & Events
December 2017
Brattle Economists Evaluate Impacts of the Salem and Hope Creek Nuclear Power Plants on New Jersey's Economy and Environment

A report by Brattle Principals Mark Berkman and Dean Murphy finds that the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear power plants make substantial contributions to the environment and to the New Jersey economy.

May 12, 2017
Brattle Economists Assess Impact of Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth Program

A report by Brattle Principals Mark Berkman and Jürgen Weiss evaluates the economic, jobs, and environmental impacts of the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth (REG) Program for years 2015 and 2016, as well as the expected impact of the overall program between 2015 and 2019.

April 25, 2017
Report by Brattle Economists Assesses Economic and Carbon Value of Ohio Nuclear Power Plants

A report by Brattle economists finds that Ohio’s nuclear energy plants will contribute approximately $510 million to the state gross domestic product (GDP) over the next ten years (2018-2027), in addition to other economic and societal benefits.

March 16, 2017
Mark Berkman and Martha Rogers to Present at Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis’ Annual Conference

Brattle Principal Mark Berkman and Associate Martha Rogers will present at the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis’ (SBCA) 9th Annual Conference and Meeting, “Improving the Theory and Practice of Benefit-Cost Analysis,” taking place March 15-17, 2017 in Washington, DC.

May 05, 2016
Brattle Principal Co-Authors Article on Produced Water

Brattle Principal Mark Berkman recently co-authored an article published in Volume 28, Issue 2, of the Environmental Claims Journal titled “Produced Water—Emerging Challenges, Risks, and Opportunities.”

April 21, 2016
Report by Brattle Economists Demonstrates Benefits of Keeping Upstate NY Nuclear Power Plants Open

Brattle Principals Mark Berkman and Dean Murphy authored a report released today that reviews the New York State Department of Public Service’s (DPS) findings on the environmental and economic benefits of keeping upstate nuclear power plants open by leveraging the proposed Clean Energy Standards (CES).

January 21, 2016
Mark Berkman Authors Water Policy Article on Electricity Generation and Water Availability

Brattle Principal Mark Berkman recently authored an article for Water Policy on the potential for electricity generation to lead to water shortages in certain regions of the United States due to the high demand for water in the production of electricity.

January 12, 2016
Mark Berkman Co-Authors Book Chapter on Hydraulic Fracturing Bans in ACS Symposium Series

Brattle Principal Mark Berkman recently co-authored a chapter in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) book, Hydraulic Fracturing: Environmental Issues, part of the Symposium Series. The chapter “The Legal and Economic Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing Bans,” was co-authored by Earl Hagström, a partner with Sedgwick LLP.

December 07, 2015
Report by Brattle Economists Finds Upstate New York's Nuclear Power Plants Contribute Over $3 Billion to State's GDP

A study by Brattle principals Mark Berkman and Dean Murphy finds that Upstate New York’s three nuclear energy power plants contribute approximately $3.16 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), account for nearly 25,000 full-time jobs (direct and indirect), and provide other significant economic and societal benefits.

October 08, 2015
Mark Berkman to Speak at 23rd Annual California Water Law Conference

Brattle principal Mark Berkman will present at the CLE event, “California Water Law: The Drought, the Delta & the Future,” taking place October 8-9, 2015 in San Francisco, CA.

September 25, 2015
Mark Berkman Serves as Damages Expert in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations’ Case

Brattle principal Mark Berkman served as the damages expert for the Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation case against the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).

August 18, 2015
Report by Brattle Economists Assesses Potential Economic Impacts of Boston’s Proposed Bid to Host 2024 Summer Olympic Games

Economists at The Brattle Group have authored a report that provides an independent analysis of the potential economic impacts of Boston’s proposed bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

July 07, 2015
Report by Brattle Economists Assesses Economic and Carbon Value of Nuclear Plants

A report released by economists at The Brattle Group finds that the United States’ nuclear energy plants contribute $60 billion annually to gross domestic product (GDP), in addition to other economic and societal benefits.

April 20, 2015
Mark Berkman to Participate in Panel Discussion on Extreme Weather in the Bay Area

Brattle principal Mark Berkman will serve on the upcoming Bay Area Council Economic Institute panel discussion, “Surviving the Storm,” taking place on April 20, 2015 in San Francisco, CA.

March 31, 2015
Mark Berkman Contributes to Bay Area Council Economic Institute Report on Extreme Weather Events

Brattle principal Mark Berkman and research analyst Stephen Lagos contributed to a recent Bay Area Council Economic Institute report, “Surviving the Storm,” examining questions about the economic impact of potential extreme storm events in northern California.

January 23, 2015
Mark Berkman to Present at CLE International Program on Impact of California’s Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

Brattle principal Mark Berkman will present at the upcoming Water Law Institute taking place on January 23, 2015 in San Francisco, CA.

December 21, 2014
Brattle Report on Proposed Changes for Tank Cars with Hazardous Materials Cited in Wall Street Journal

A Brattle report authored by principals Kevin Neels and Mark Berkman, “A Review of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Draft Regulatory Impact Analysis,” was recently cited in The Wall Street Journal’s recent article “Railcar Bottleneck Looms for Oil.”

December 02, 2014
Proposed Department of Transportation Rule Could Cost $60 Billion According to Brattle Economists

A report authored by Brattle economists finds that a new rule for rail tank car standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) could cost more than $60 billion due to tank cars modifications, lost tank car service time, and possible increased shipping costs.

October 10, 2014
Coleman Bazelon Contributes to Landmark Decision in Texas Voting Rights Case by Evaluating the Economic Burden of SB 14

Coleman Bazelon testified in the closely watched voting rights case, Marc Veasey, et al. vs. Rick Perry, et al., that African Americans in Texas are disproportionately impacted economically by a Texas law requiring voters to present photo identification to retain the right to vote in person.

August 12, 2014
Mark Berkman to Participate in LSI Conference on Hydraulic Fracturing in California

Brattle principal Mark Berkman will speak at the upcoming conference, “Hydraulic Fracturing in California: Developing Win-Win Strategies for Owners of Surface Rights and Drilling Rights,” taking place on August 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, CA.