Find a Union Writer – James Howard

First Name
James
Last Name
Howard
Country
City
State
MD
Twitter Handle
howardjp
About
I am a data scientist focusing on the intersection of public policy and data analysis. I have worked at numerous federal agencies and teach mathematics and public administration. My writing has focused on environmental policy and applied mathematics, though other topics come up on my personal website. I have a doctorate in public policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County where my research focused on the economic and social effects of flood insurance. I also have an MPA and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
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Work Sample 1 Description
In Socioeconomic Effects of the National Flood Insurance Program, I estimate the net the social benefit of the NFIP for the years 1996 through 2010, including the estimated consumer surplus for flood insurance using historical financial and survey data available from the NFIP. Using this estimate and other components of net social benefits, this analysis derives a sufficient statistic for the insurance component of the NFIP and is joined with other estimates of the benefits of the FMA to estimate the net social benefits of the combined program. A supplemental analysis is done using different income weighting scenarios in a distributionally weighted benefit-cost analysis. Finally, this study includes an analysis of the change in government revenue attributable to the NFIP and FMA programs. Sensitivity analysis is conducted on all results. Presented through each component of the analysis are models usable by others for extending and revising the analysis, or applying to other programs.
Work Sample 2 Description
Floodwaters continue to rise, so it will be days if not weeks before we can calculate the final costs, both in terms of life and property. But regardless, many will be turning to the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for help – it’s the only way to insure a property against damage from flooding. Unfortunately, it’s broke – and its very nature encourages development that makes each flood more damaging than the last.
Work Sample 3 Description
Last summer, a debate over the historically ho-hum Export-Import Bank of the United States (aka Ex-Im Bank) simmered over and went mainstream as a growing chorus of Republicans and many companies demanded its dismantling.

Like many government agencies, the Ex-Im Bank – which provides financing for exports of American goods and services – requires reauthorization every so often. And during the 2014 debate to do just that, some major US businesses petitioned Congress to terminate the bank, while others fought fiercely to preserve it.