As an economist, I have come to appreciate that the qualitative context—including co-benefits, benefits distribution, environmental and health impacts, and social and political obstacles—can be as essential to decision-making as the numerical outputs. I enjoy working holistically with my government and community clients to determine how best to meet their needs and communicate the results.
Charles Goodhue (he/him/his) is an ERG vice president and senior economist with expertise in the ocean economy, transportation, and the intersection of economics and resilience. For over 15 years at ERG, he has developed and implemented surveys, developed valuation methodologies, performed benefit-cost analyses, and implemented economic impact analyses across a wide array of projects.
He extensively supports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management, helping measure the ocean’s economic contribution to the economy and develop methodologies that value resilience and coastal management activities. He has led economic analyses for state and local climate action plans, estimating the benefits and costs of reducing transportation, building, and energy emissions through electrification and efficiency measures, as well as the benefits and costs of adapting to flooding. He leads ERG’s work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Community Resilience Group supporting research to model community vulnerability and disaster recovery. Charles has also authored the socioeconomic sections of several National Shoreline Management Studies for the Army Corps of Engineers’ Institute for Water Resources.
Charles holds a B.A. in both economics and chemistry from Brandeis University and an M.A. in chemistry from Harvard University. He is also a Project Management Professional and Certified Lean Project Manager. Outside work, he enjoys skiing, playing and coaching soccer, and staying fit by chasing after his three young kids.