Lisa Robinson

Senior Research Scientist
PubMed Publications


Lisa A. Robinson is a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Health Decision Science and Center for Risk Analysis. She 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. She was recently a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and an Affiliate Fellow of its Regulatory Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she also developed and taught a course in benefit-cost analysis.

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) for several government agencies and other organizations. She has also explored the implications of behavioral economics and happiness research and approaches for assessing employment and distributional impacts. She is now working on the application of these methods to global health, including issues related to the use of benefit-cost analysis and 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, as well as President of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. She is on the Editorial Boards of Risk Analysis and the Journal of 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 obtained her Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.