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Jennifer Helgeson is an applied economist in the Office of Applied Economics in NIST’s Engineering Lab. She works closely with NIST’s Disasters and Failures Studies Program and its Community Resilience Program’s efforts on the "Economics of Community Resilience Planning.” She has helped advance the development and use of survey assessments and economic analyses that consider behavioral aspects and approaches to how communities prepare for and recover from hazard events.
Dr. Helgeson is a member of the National Construction Safety Team Technical Investigation of Hurricane Maria and leads a National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program Study to determine how the hurricane impacted small and medium-sized manufacturers and the retail and service industries in Puerto Rico, as well as how they are recovering.


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