Lisa Robinson

Research Associate

Center for Health Decision Science

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

Other Affiliations

Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School
Affiliate Fellow, Regulatory Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School


My work focuses largely on the economic analysis of environmental, health, and safety regulations. For the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations, I’ve led several assessments of the costs, benefits, and other impacts of policy options, developed related methods, and drafted guidance documents. For example, I co-edited the National Academies book, Valuing Health for Regulatory Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, and developed approaches for estimating the value of mortality risk reductions (the value per statistical life, or VSL) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the World Bank. I explored the implications of behavioral economics for the conduct of benefit-cost analysis, and am now investigating options for enhancing the assessment of employment impacts and distributional effects. In addition, I am currently involved in projects that address methods for research synthesis (including systematic review, meta-analysis, and expert elicitation) and risk misperception. In 2014, I am teaching a course in benefit-cost analysis at the Kennedy School (API-139M), and am President of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis.

Related Links

Center for Health Decision Science
Harvard Center for Risk Analysis


M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School