CHDS faculty James K. Hammitt gave the keynote address, “Assessing the Social Costs of Chemicals” at one of two inter-related workshops sponsored by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Ottawa, Canada in late summer. The first was a two-day workshop on “Best Practices in Assessing the Social Costs of Selected Chemicals.” It included discussion of a series of case studies and related research that address the challenges of assessing the health and environmental risks of certain chemicals and the costs and benefits of controlling them. CHDS faculty James K. Hammitt gave the keynote address, “Assessing the Social Costs of Chemicals.” CHDS Senior Research Scientist Lisa A. Robinson discussed the conclusions and implications across the case studies.
In addition, both Dr. Hammitt and Ms. Robinson participated in the subsequent one-day workshop focused on potential future research, particularly new survey work on better understanding individuals’ willingness to pay to reduce the risks of chemical exposures. Both invitation-only workshops were attended by selected researchers as well as representatives of several OECD government agencies.
Lisa A. Robinson and James K. Hammitt are members of a leadership team responsible for a project to develop guidelines that encourage the conduct of high quality benefit‐cost analyses, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Co-leaders include Dean Jamison (University of California, San Francisco), and David de Ferranti (Results for Development Institute). Learn more about this project.