Chester Fenton

Chester Fenton

Senior Economist

During most of my career, I have supported agencies in assessing the cost and benefits of proposed regulations. I am very pleased to that my work has helped provide a foundation for agencies to shape final regulations in a way that benefits society without creating undue burdens on regulated communities.


Dr. Chester Fenton, a senior economist at ERG for over 25 years, specializes in occupational safety and health issues. He currently directs ERG’s work to assess the economic impacts of draft regulations developed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Chet’s economic and technical expertise spans a wide range, covering the chemical, oil and gas extraction, construction, manufacturing, transportation, communications, health services, and utility sectors of the economy. He has substantial background and expertise in econometrics, statistical analysis, and other quantitative techniques and has had major responsibilities for survey design, questionnaire development, and database management for several large-scale survey efforts. Chet’s work has provided the foundation for the cost-benefit analysis for many OSHA rulemaking efforts, including OSHA’s regulations to protect workers from exposure to silica and beryllium. 

Chet holds a B.A. in mathematics from the University of California, Riverside, and a Ph.D. (ABD) in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Outside work, he has a major interest in genealogy and has written a book (self-published) detailing the history of his ancestors in colonial New England. He also plays trombone in a neighborhood band.