Society For Risk Analysis Annual Meeting 2017

Session Schedule & Abstracts

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Roundtable: Principles, Methods, and Standards for Benefit-Cost Analysis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Room: Salon A   10:30 am–12:00 pm

Chair(s): Lisa Robinson

Sponsored by Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group and Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Foundations, international organizations, government agencies and others are inter­ested in investing to improve the well-being of populations in low- and middle-income countries. However, choosing which initia­tives to fund and what level of resources to devote to each involves difficult choices. If well-conducted, benefit-cost analysis provides important and useful information to support these decisions.

To increase the comparability of these analyses, improve their quality, and expand their use, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting the development of guidelines for economic evaluation ( These guidelines are designed to encourage completion of high-quality, transparent, and consistent evaluations that address the needs of decision-makers and other stakeholders.

This session provides an opportunity to learn more about the development of these guidelines and to offer feedback on their content, aiding in shaping the ultimate recommendations. We will provide an overview of the project and summarize our work to-date, then discuss selected methodological topics in more detail. These include draft recommendations for valuing reductions in fatal and nonfatal risks and for using economy-wide (computable general equilibrium) models to estimate impacts. The final recommendations will ultimately be incorporated into easy-to-use, step-by-step guidance. After brief presentations and comments from discussants, we will allow substantial time for feedback from the audience.

Presenters: Lisa A. Robinson and James K. Hammitt (Harvard Center for Health Decision Science and Center for Risk Analysis), James E. Neumann (Industrial Economics, Incorporated), Maureen Cropper (University of Maryland), Chris Dockins (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Urvashi Narain (The World Bank), and Sandra Hoffmann (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

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