Health Policy and Management
Harvard School of Public Health
James K. Hammitt, Ph.D., is Professor of Economics and Decision Sciences in the Departments of Health Policy and Management and of Environmental Health and Director of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Professor Hammitt's research focuses on the development and application of quantitative methods - including benefit-cost, decision, and risk analysis - to health and environmental policy. Topics include management of long-term environmental issues with major scientific uncertainties, such as global climate change and stratospheric-ozone depletion, evaluation of ancillary benefits and countervailing risks associated with risk-control measures, and characterization of social preferences over health and environmental risks using revealed-preference, contingent-valuation, and health-utility methods. Dr. Hammitt earned his A.B. and Sc.M. in Applied Mathematics in 1978, his M.P.P., in 1981, and his Ph.D. in Public Policy in 1988, all from Harvard University. He has been appointed Senior Mathematician at the RAND Corporation (Santa Monica, California) and to the Pierre-de-Fermat Chaire d’Éxcellence at the Toulouse School of Economics (France).