Lisa A. Robinson specializes in the economic analysis of environmental, health, and safety policies and regulations. She has led numerous assessments of the costs, benefits, and other impacts of policy options, developed related methods, and drafted guidance documents for government agencies and other organizations. She has extensive experience in evaluating scholarly research and applying it to complex policy problems, and in developing models to estimate costs and benefits. She was recently a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and an Affiliate Fellow of its Regulatory Policy Program. She is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Risk Analysis and the Center for Health Decision Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Ms. Robinson’s recent work focuses on the conduct of benefit-cost analysis, particularly for policies with outcomes that cannot be fully valued using market measures. For example, she co-edited the book, Valuing Health for Regulatory Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (National Academies Press, 2006), and developed approaches for estimating the value of mortality risk reductions (the value per statistical life, VSL) used by several government agencies and other organizations. She also explored the implications of behavioral economics and happiness research for the conduct of benefit-cost analysis, as well as approaches for assessing employment and distributional impacts. She is currently working on issues related to the application of benefit-cost analysis to global health issues and to the development of cost-effectiveness thresholds.
Ms. Robinson was previously a Principal at Industrial Economics, Incorporated. She was also the Director of Policy, Planning, and Budget for an independent federal agency and an analyst at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. She has been a Councilor of the Society for Risk Analysis and the Chair of its Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group, and is a past-President of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. She received the Richard J. Burk Outstanding Service Award from the Society for Risk Analysis and the Richard O. Zerbe Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. Ms. Robinson is on the Editorial Boards of Risk Analysis and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. She has taught several courses and seminars on benefit-cost analysis and related topics, as well as organized numerous conferences and workshops. Ms. Robinson received her Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.