Eric Henson is an Executive Vice President with Compass Lexecon and is based in Boston. He provides a range of economic and financial analyses and expert witness testimony, particularly in the energy industries and in damages analysis. Recent projects have included valuation of energy assets, analysis of the structure of various oil, gas, and coal marketplaces, damages analysis in a labor dispute, and expert testimony in tax cases in a number of states.
Mr. Henson also has specific expertise in Native American economic development and governance. His recent work on behalf of Native Americans includes analysis of damages arising from the federal government’s denial of funds required to provide health services to community members, measurement of benefits derived from construction of a water infrastructure project in the Southwest, and evaluation of taxing authority on multiple reservations. He is frequently called upon to testify in the United States Congress on economic development issues in Indian Country, and has appeared multiple times in both the US Senate and the US House in this capacity.
In 1997 and 1998, prior to joining Compass Lexecon, Mr. Henson was an industry analyst at Fidelity Investments in Boston, where he assisted in the development of quantitative models to measure company valuations and forecast outperformance of S&P 500 industry groups. He also programmed econometric software and built macros to process performance reports. From 1995 to 1996, Mr. Henson was the manager of the United States Economic Database at Haver Analytics in New York City.
Mr. Henson has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, an M.A. in Economics from Southern Methodist University and a B.B.A. in Business Economics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. At Harvard, Mr. Henson focused on the interaction of government and business. His thesis examined the importance of a uniform commercial code on a Native American Reservation, and he was the Kennedy School’s Christian Johnson Native American Fellow. Mr. Henson currently serves as a research affiliate for The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and is involved in teaching Indian affairs at Harvard. He is also a primary author of The State of the Native Nations: Conditions Under US Policies of Self-Determination, which was published by Oxford University Press.