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Biography
Publications

Dr. Berkman is an expert in applied microeconomics. His experience spans 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
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
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
April 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 8, 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
May 4, 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
January 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 7, 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.