Lisa Robinson

Research Associate

Center for Health Decision Science

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


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 Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the World Bank. I have explored the implications of behavioral economics for the conduct of benefit-cost analysis and investigated options for assessing employment impacts.  In addition, I am now involved in projects that address the distribution of regulatory costs and benefits, methods for research synthesis (including systematic review, meta-analysis, and expert elicitation), and approaches for overcoming risk misperception. I am currently serving as the President of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis and am on the Editorial Boards of Risk Analysis and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

Related Links

Center for Health Decision Science
Harvard Center for Risk Analysis


M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School