Lisa Robinson
Research Scientist

Lisa Robinson

Senior Research Scientist

Center for Health Decision Science

Other Positions

Deputy Director, Center for Health Decision Science

Center for Health Decision Science

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Lisa A. Robinson's research and teaching 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 assessments of the costs, benefits, and other impacts of environmental, health, and safety policies and regulations, developed related methods, and drafted guidance documents. She co-edited the National Academies book, Valuing Health for Regulatory Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, led the creation of guidelines for benefit-cost analysis for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and developed approaches for 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 guidelines for the conduct of benefit-cost analysis and research related to cost-effectiveness thresholds. She has also been exploring issues related to responses to various types of hazard warnings.

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Lisa Robinson, senior research scientist at the Center for Health Decision Science and the Center for Risk Analysis at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Richard Zeckhauser, the Frank P. Ramsey Professor of Political Economy, Harvard…