Economic and policy analysis

Harbinger’s approach to understanding economics and policy alternatives is deeply rooted in interpretation. Like a translator, Harbinger helps make the unfamiliar understandable and complexities actionable. And like the friendly staffers who help visitors understand the natural or cultural significance of a park, a collection, or a historical site, Harbinger puts facts and analysis into a meaningful, engaging context.

Work with Harbinger to make information work for you. From study design to credible analyses, engaging reports, and strategies for turning analysis into action, you will find Harbinger a capable, creative, and thoughtful partner.


How Harbinger can help

• Bring a new grasp of economic and demographic changes that can break up a community’s “economic mythology” and provide a new perspective for anticipating the future.

• Look at your peers to compare performance, learn how to make progress, and generate new ideas for action.

• Use information and analysis to help open the door—or make the case—for investment, collaboration, management decisions, community and legislative support, new public lands designations, and other changes.

• Evaluate implications and viability of policy alternatives.


Services include

• Custom-designed research, analysis, and reporting.

• Collaborative analysis, drawing on our network of economists, scientists, and other technical experts and researchers—or working with your researchers in design, interpretation, and presentation of findings.

• Design and production of publications and digital content.

• Design and implementation of public engagement, community learning, and regional collaboration programs.

• Workshops, seminars, and strategic planning.


Sample projects

Economic impacts of World Heritage status— Developed three scenarios for likely economic impacts of designation for the five Spanish Colonial missions in San Antonio, Texas, which have been nominated for recognition as a World Heritage Site. To maximize the potential benefit of World Heritage status, the study recommends a slate of collaborative actions to promote the site and expand cultural tourism offerings. Client: Bexar County, Texas. Download report.

“Gateways” reportsCollaborated with economists and other researchers to understand and document economic changes and the economic importance of public lands and natural areas in regions surrounding Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. Three reports (Gateway to Glacier, Gateways to Yellowstone, and World-Class Assets) grounded discussions among business and community leaders, and helped spur leadership in maintaining these natural assets, including funding for reconstruction of Glacier’s Going-to-the-Sun-Highway. Client: National Parks Conservation Association.

Economic analysis for historical site redevelopmentPreliminary economic impact analysis of the potential for redeveloping an historical hot springs resort. Findings supported a successful bid for county funding of a proposed public-private partnership. Clients: South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Foundation and James Lifshutz.

Comparative analysis of agency management alternatives—Compared the likely effects of transferring management of Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico to the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. The results have been used to lobby for Congressional legislation and build local support for a management change. Client: Caldera Action. Download report.

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