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Lisa A Robinson, M.P.P.

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Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge MAMPP1982Public Policy
Carleton College, Northfield MNBA1979Political Science/International Relations
Richard J. Burk Outstanding Service Award, Society for Risk Analysis
Richard O. Zerbe Distinguished Service Award, Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis
Fellow, Society for Risk Analysis
Best Symposium Award, Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis
Outstanding Practitioner Award, Society for Risk Analysis
Fellow, Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Lisa A. Robinson's research and teaching focus 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 explored the implications of behavioral economics and happiness research for benefit-cost analysis, approaches for assessing impacts on employment, and issues related to assessing the distribution of costs and benefits across advantaged and disadvantaged groups. She applies these methods in high-, middle-, and low-income settings, including developing guidelines for conducting benefit-cost analysis in global health and conducting research related to cost-effectiveness thresholds. She has also explored responses to various types of hazard warnings.

Ms. Robinson is currently Deputy Director of the Center for Health Decision Science and affiliated with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. She was previously 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. She is 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 is on the Editorial Boards of Risk Analysis and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

For related publications, see: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/lisa-robinson/publications/

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  1. Hammitt JK, Robinson LA. Introduction to Special Issue on Risk Assessment, Economic Evaluation, and Decisions. Risk Anal. 2021 04; 41(4):559-564. PMID: 33843076.
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  2. Buonocore JJ, Robinson LA, Hammitt JK, O'Keeffe L. Estimating the Potential Health Benefits of Air Quality Warnings. Risk Anal. 2021 04; 41(4):645-660. PMID: 33249613.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  3. Robinson LA, Sullivan R, Shogren JF. Do the Benefits of COVID-19 Policies Exceed the Costs? Exploring Uncertainties in the Age-VSL Relationship. Risk Anal. 2021 05; 41(5):761-770. PMID: 32677076.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  4. Robinson LA, Hammitt JK, Jamison DT, Walker DG. Conducting Benefit-Cost Analysis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Introduction to the Special Issue. J Benefit Cost Anal. 2019; 10(Suppl 1):1-14. PMID: 33282627.
    Citations: 9     
  5. Robinson LA, Hammitt JK, O'Keeffe L. Valuing Mortality Risk Reductions in Global Benefit-Cost Analysis. J Benefit Cost Anal. 2019; 10(Suppl 1):15-50. PMID: 32968616.
    Citations: 20     
  6. Robinson, L.A., W.J. Raich, J.K. Hammitt, and L. O’Keeffe. Valuing Children’s Fatality Risk Reductions. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. 2019; 2(10):156-177. View Publication.
  7. Chang AY, Robinson LA, Hammitt JK, Resch SC. Economics in "Global Health 2035": a sensitivity analysis of the value of a life year estimates. J Glob Health. 2017 Jun; 7(1):010401. PMID: 28400950.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Robinson, L.A. Estimating the Values of Mortality Risk Reductions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. 2017; 1(7):1-11. View Publication.
  9. Robinson LA, Hammitt JK, Chang AY, Resch S. Understanding and improving the one and three times GDP per capita cost-effectiveness thresholds. Health Policy Plan. 2017 Feb; 32(1):141-145. PMID: 27452949.
    Citations: 51     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Robinson, L.A., J.K. Hammitt, and R. Zeckhauser. Attention to Distribution in U.S. Regulatory Analysis. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. 2016; 2(10):308-328. View Publication.
  11. Robinson, L.A. [Ir]rationality, Happiness, and Benefit-Cost Analysis: Introduction to the Special Issue. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. 2016; 1(7):1-11. View Publication.
  12. Robinson LA, Hammitt JK. Introduction to the Special Series on Risk, Perception, and Response. Risk Anal. 2015 Oct; 35(10):1766-9. PMID: 26491991.
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  13. Robinson LA, Hammitt JK. Valuing Reductions in Fatal Illness Risks: Implications of Recent Research. Health Econ. 2016 08; 25(8):1039-52. PMID: 26132383.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Robinson LA, Hammitt JK. Introduction to the Special Series on Research Synthesis: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach. Risk Anal. 2015 Jun; 35(6):963-70. PMID: 26081936.
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  15. Robinson LA, Hammitt JK. Research Synthesis and the Value per Statistical Life. Risk Anal. 2015 Jun; 35(6):1086-100. PMID: 25851065.
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  16. Robinson, L.A. Cost-Benefit Analysis and Well-Being Analysis?. Duke Law Journal. 2013; (62):1717-1734. View Publication.
  17. Robinson, L.A. and J.K. Hammitt. Skills of the Trade: Valuing Health Risk Reductions in Benefit-Cost Analysis. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. 2013; 1(4):107-130. View Publication.
  18. Robinson LA. Introduction to part 2 of the special series on risk regulation. Risk Anal. 2011 Sep; 31(9):1330-3. PMID: 21957945.
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  19. Robinson LA, Hammitt JK. Behavioral economics and regulatory analysis. Risk Anal. 2011 Sep; 31(9):1408-22. PMID: 21838730.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Robinson LA, Levy JI. The [r]evolving relationship between risk assessment and risk management. Risk Anal. 2011 Sep; 31(9):1334-44. PMID: 21740453.
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  21. Robinson LA. Introduction to part 1 of the special series on risk regulation. Risk Anal. 2011 Jun; 31(6):881-3. PMID: 21679217.
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  22. Cropper, M., J.K. Hammitt, and L.A. Robinson. Valuing Mortality Risk Reductions: Progress and Challenges. Annual Review of Resource Economics. 2011; (3):313-336. View Publication.
  23. Robinson, L.A. and J.K. Hammitt. Behavioral Economics and the Conduct of Benefit-Cost Analysis: Towards Principles and Standards. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. 2011; 2(2):1-51. View Publication.
  24. Hammitt, J.K. and L.A. Robinson. The Income Elasticity of the Value per Statistical Life: Transferring Estimates Between High and Low Income Populations. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. 2011; 1(2):1-29. View Publication.
  25. Robinson, L.A., J.K. Hammitt, J.E. Aldy, A. Krupnick, and J. Baxter. Valuing the Risk of Death from Terrorist Attacks. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 2010; 1(7). View Publication.
  26. Robinson, L.A. Valuing Lives, Valuing Risks, and Respecting Preferences in Regulatory Analysis. Regulation & Governance. 2009; 3(3):298-305. View Publication.
  27. Robinson, L.A. How U.S. Government Agencies Value Mortality Risk Reductions,. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. 2007; 2(1):283-299. View Publication.
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