Dr. Desvousges has conducted economic valuation studies (especially environmental) for more than 25 years. He has extensive experience in several practice areas, including natural resource damage assessment (NRDA), property valuation, and benefit-cost analyses of regulatory programs (including the USEPA 316(b) rule).
Dr. Desvousges specializes in NRDA, having worked on more than 32 assessments since 1987. He led major damage assessments for the hazardous-substance releases into the Clark Fork River (MT), Lavaca Bay (TX), and Fox River (WI). Other major assessments include: Shell Martinez spill, Exxon Valdez spill, Housatonic River, Saginaw Bay and River, and South Valley. Dr. Desvousges also has assisted with Native American claims as part of damage assessments.
In addition, Dr. Desvousges was admitted as an expert in measuring natural resource damages from groundwater injuries in federal court. Dr. Desvousges has been actively involved in the regulatory process beginning with his co-authorship of the economics handbook for the Department of Interior regulations. He has prepared comments on all proposed regulatory changes on behalf of various clients. Dr. Desvousges also co-authored a report evaluating New Jersey’s groundwater damage formula, as well as two expert reports on the topic.
In addition to his NRDA experience, Dr. Desvousges has worked on property valuation projects during the past several years. Much of Dr. Desvousges’ research has involved using or evaluating empirical methods, including both survey and statistical approaches, to measure potential damages to either private or public resources/properties. In several cases, he: offered expert testimony on the relevance and reliability of alleged property value losses purported to arise from chemicals or other environmental disamenities; offered testimony on the ability of various methods to reliably estimate damages on a class-wide basis; and provided testimony to Congress on the reliability of methods for measuring damages.
Dr. Desvousges also has experience conducting many benefit-cost analyses over the years, and most recently, these analyses relate to the USEPA 316(b) rule. He prepared a series of comments on Phase II and Phase III of the ruling. He also conducted benefit-cost analyses of various regulatory alternatives for 316(b) compliance in Connecticut and California. In addition to the benefit-cost analyses relating to the 316(b) rule, Dr. Desvousges has directed various benefit analyses projects over the years. (For specifics regarding these projects, please see his resume.)
Dr. Desvousges has written extensively in the peer-reviewed literature. He has co-authored 3 books and more than 40 peer review journal articles. Dr. Desvousges has a B.A. in Economics from Stetson University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Florida State University. He has held various academic positions during the past 25 years.