My primary research interests relate to the methods used to assess policy and other decisions, particularly benefit-cost analysis. I’ve spent much of my career estimating the impacts of environmental, health, and safety regulations and drafting related guidance. I co-edited the National Academies book, Valuing Health for Regulatory Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, and am now exploring the development and application of thresholds in global health. Recently, I’ve worked on approaches for valuing mortality and morbidity risk reductions (including the use of research synthesis methods); explored the implications of behavioral economics and happiness research; and investigated options for assessing employment impacts and distributional effects. At the Harvard Kennedy School, I was a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government as well as an Affiliate Fellow of its Regulatory Policy Program, and developed and taught a new course in benefit-cost analysis.
I am now serving as the immediate Past President of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, and was previously a Councilor of the Society for Risk Analysis and past-Chair of its Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group. I am on the Editorial Boards of Risk Analysis and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.
M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School