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Jennifer F. Helgeson

Jennifer F. Helgeson is an economist in the Applied Economics Office of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute o Standards and Technology (NIST). She began working as an intern in the Applied Economics Office (AEO) in the summer of 2002, following her senior year in high school. She continued to work over school breaks in the AEO while earning her bachelor's and master's degrees. In the past, Jennifer did work for the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research, Norway and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, France. She took a full-time position in the AEO starting in Fall 2007.

Following the completion of her B.A. Degree in Economics at Brandeis University in 2005, Jennifer spent a year researching Environmental Economics issues on a Fulbright Grant to Norway. She earned her M.S. Degree in Environmental Change and Management with a focus on Environmental Economics at the University of Oxford, UK in 2007. Jennifer studied for her Ph.D. in Environmental Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Jennifer is primarily interested in economic analyses that consider behavioral aspects and approaches to dealing with environmental issues. She spends the majority of her time working on the AEO's Community Resilience project, looking at resilience to hazards in the built environment, with consideration for cost-effectiveness of community-scale mitigation and adaptation efforts. She has also contributed to work on the Building for Economic and Environmental Sustainability (BEES) approach.



Engineering Laboratory
Applied Economics Office


B.A. Economics, Brandeis University, 2005

M.S., Environmental Change and Management, University of Oxford, UK, 2007

Ph.D., Environmental Economics, London School of Economics, 2015


Phone: 301-975-6133
Email: jennifer.helgeson@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-4032