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Economics and Benefits Analysis

News & Updates

Important Updates!

Thank you for being a member of the Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group of the Society for Risk Analysis! We have several important updates for you.

New EBASG Executive Committee 2022: It is our pleasure to announce Lizzi Quin from the FDA as Chair, Unal Tatar from SUNY at Albany as Vice-Chair, and Omer Keskin from SUNY at Albany as Secretary/Treasurer. They join Aliya Sassi from FDA as Past-Chair. Feel free to contact any of us with your ideas, questions, suggestions, or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you! 


Coffee Hour: EBASG Committee is hosting a webinar on EBASG Planning for 2022 on February 23rd at 3 pm Eastern Time. Please follow the link to join the meeting https://odu.zoom.us/j/96853389314?pwd=TWZmRExHdVdrV1V4UkpwVHoxSE1vdz09 (Meeting ID: 968 5338 9314 and Passcode: 490984 – Phone: +16465588656,,96853389314#) 

All SRA members are welcome to join this virtual coffee hour. If you have questions, please email Unal Tatar at utatar@albany.edu


Congratulations to EBASG members Lisa Robinson, James Hammitt, and John Evans on receiving SRA 2021 Awards:  Lisa A. Robinson received last year’s Outstanding Practitioner Award. Here is a brief video of her acceptance speech.   Lisa has been instrumental in advancing the art and science of risk analysis, benefit-cost analysis, and regulatory impact analysis, both in developing novel methods for difficult to value outcomes and in creating guidelines for practitioners to improve the quality of analysis. Her contribution to this field has been and continues to be invaluable! 

In addition, two of our very first EBASG members James K. Hammitt and John Evans were awarded the 2021 Best Paper Award for their research, entitled “Mortality Benefits and Control Costs of Improving Air Quality in Mexico City – the Case of Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicles.” Their article assesses the benefits and costs of a policy to retrofit diesel trucks and buses in Mexico City with diesel-particulate filters or oxidation catalysts. It was published in a special issue of Risk Analysis guest-edited by Lisa Robinson. The full text of the paper is open-access and available here.

Please join us in congratulating Lisa, Jim, and John!


EBASG website and dues: Please visit our updated website and share with us your ideas for improving it! Also, please remember to pay your $10 dues at:  https://members.sra.org/AF_MemberCommittee.asp Your dues help support our events at the annual meeting and throughout the year.