The Brattle Group advises governments around the world regarding restructuring to improve the efficiency and responsiveness of service delivery by government agencies and departments. Our economic consulting work in such restructuring includes full privatizations, conversion to non-profits status or privately-owned for-profit operation, and government-owned enterprises subject to board-level public oversight.
We assisted a privatized railroad in Brazil to determine the cost accounting that should be used in tariff design. This involved collecting and analyzing U.S. Surface Transportation Board cost models to identify costs used in designing rates in the U.S. and using these cost categories to direct the client in collecting cost data for its system.
Members of The Brattle Group played a critical role in a project for the U.S. Air Transport Association (ATA) by evaluating proposals for reform of the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system and for developing an effective financial and organizational structure for the ATC system. We assessed ATC technological capabilities, estimated the costs of ATC on the airline industry, analyzed the economics of current and proposed ATC organizational forms, and developed detailed financial assessments of proposed ATC entities.
Members of The Brattle Group prepared a report for a finance ministry of a European nation concerning the structure and performance of the country’s banking sector. One of the key findings of the report was that commercial bank profitability exceeded levels commensurate with the level of risk, suggesting that banks were exercising some degree of market power.