Selected Benefit-Cost Analysis Projects:

The Private Benefits and Societal Impacts of Electric Vehicles in the United States, Santa Monica, CA, RAND Corporation. In this policy research paper, Dr. Amiri estimated the private benefits and societal impacts of electric vehicles as a contribution to the policy deliberations on how to incentivize the purchase and production of alternative vehicle technologies at the time of the research. A spreadsheet model was developed to estimate the private benefits and societal impacts of purchasing and utilizing three electric vehicle technologies instead of a similar-sized conventional gasoline-powered vehicle. The electric vehicle technologies studied included gasoline-powered hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles. The study found that the private benefits are positive, but smaller than the expected short-term cost premiums on these technologies, which suggest the need for government support if a large-scale adoption of electric vehicles is desired. This estimate accounts for changes in greenhouse gas emissions, criteria air pollutants, gasoline consumption and the driver’s contribution to congestion.Read more.

Relevant features: energy and environmental policy analysis, policy research, triple-bottom-line benefit-cost analysis, transportation finance, sustainability

Los Angeles Streetcar, Inc., LA Streetcar Project Cost-Benefit Analysis and Economic Impact Assessment to Support Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant Application, Los Angeles, CA. As a member of HDR consultants team, Dr. Amiri led the model development effort for a triple-bottom-line benefit-cost analysis for the LA Streetcar Project in support of TIGER III grant application. Quantified benefits included user travel time benefits, greenhouse gas reduction benefits, air quality benefits, safety benefits, pavement maintenance benefits, and transit-oriented development benefits. She also conducted an economic impact assessment to estimate employment and income impacts of this project.

Relevant features: triple-bottom-line benefit-cost analysis, economic impact assessment, grant application support

Sustainable Return on Investment Framework Development and Implementation for Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment, Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment, Texas.As a member of HDR| Decision Economics consultants team, Dr. Amiri contributed to the development of a tool to be used by all bases across the nation to conduct life-cycle cost assessments of, and prioritize among, capital projects that improve energy intensity, reduce potable water consumption, and increase non-hazardous solid waste diversion. The tool provides life-cycle economic analysis as well as financial and sustainability-return-on-investment metrics. 
Relevant features: return on investment studies, alternative analysis, sustainability