Benefit-Cost Analysis

Valuing Life and Health

Online | September 16-20, 2024

This program will take place online from September 16-20, 2024.

Benefit-cost analysis is a well-established and widely used approach for systematically assessing the impacts of environmental, health, and safety policies and informing decisions. It is a required component of the policy development process followed by many government agencies and organizations around the world. 

This is a unique opportunity to learn directly from one of Harvard’s top experts on benefit-cost analysis, who will teach you the methods used for valuing changes in health and longevity, the values recommended for use in high-, middle-, and low-income settings, and the implications of the results. 

During this program, you will explore topics including: 

  • Understand the fundamental concepts that underlie benefit-cost analysis and its advantages and limitations. 

  • Identify the major components of benefit-cost analysis and what each should include. 

  • Increase familiarity with methods for valuing health and longevity, including revealed- and stated-preference studies. 

  • Learn about sources of guidance, including default values