Lisa Robinson

Senior Research Scientist

718 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-513-5005


Lisa A. Robinson’s research focuses on the conduct of benefit-cost analysis, particularly for policies with outcomes that cannot be fully valued using market measures. She has led numerous analyses of the costs, benefits, and other impacts of environmental, health, and safety regulations, developed related methods, and drafted guidance documents. She co-edited the National Academies book, Valuing Health for Regulatory Cost-Effectiveness Analysisand developed approaches used by government agencies and others to estimate the value of mortality risk reductions (the value per statistical life, VSL). She has also explored the implications of behavioral economics and happiness research for benefit-cost analysis, as well as approaches for assessing employment and distributional impacts. Recently, she has been working on the application of these methods to global health, including the use of benefit-cost analysis and the development of cost-effectiveness thresholds.

Previously, Ms, Robinson was a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government as well as an Affiliate Fellow of its Regulatory Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she developed and taught a new course in benefit-cost analysis. She is also a Past President of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis and served as a Councilor of the Society for Risk Analysis as well as Chair of its Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group. She received the Richard J. Burk Outstanding Service Award from the Society for Risk Analysis and the Richard O. Zerbe Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. She is on the Editorial Boards of Risk Analysis and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

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Center for Health Decision Science
Center for Risk Analysis
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M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School