Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York  


Robert J. Brent
Current Position Professor of Economics, Fordham University
Address Department of Economics, 441 E Fordham Rd. Bronx, New York, 10458
Contact e-mail: 
phone  (718) 817 4058
fax (718) 817 3518
Robert J. Brent is a Professor of Economics at Fordham University in New York currently teaching Public Finance and Policy courses, and Statistics. He has lived and worked at Universities in the US, UK and Africa, and was Coordinator of the Strategic Planning and Governance Program at the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo, Japan. In 2003 he was given a Fulbright Research award to evaluate HIV/AIDS interventions in Tanzania.

His area of specialism is Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) and he has written four text-books, edited a fifth, and has had published over two-dozen articles on the subject related to health, mental health, transport, education and agriculture, covering both Developed and Developing countries.

Robert is connected with three NGOs affiliated with the UN: he is treasurer and on the board and executive council of the International Network for Elder Abuse; he is on the executive council and chair of the education sub-committee of the NGO on HIV/AIDS; and he is a member of the Committee on Ageing.
Current CBA Projects For the European Commission, DG Regional Policy, he is chair of the Scientific Committee advising on estimating the extent of spillover elasticities based on CBAs of projects as part of European Cohesion Policy.

For the Inter-American Development Bank, he is working with Paul Winters on writing guidelines for CBA at the IAB.

For the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America, he is working with Mark Brennan and Stephen Karpiak on a CBA of Anti-Retroviral Drugs for the elderly with HIV/AIDS in New York City.

For the ANDRUS Children’s Center, he is working on the Labor Turnover Benefits and Costs of the Sanctuary Model.  

For the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, he is working with Pat Brownell on estimating the benefits of preventing crimes against the elderly caused by family members in New York City.
Curriculum Vitae: Full Version [PDF]
HIV/AIDS Cost Benefit Analysis and other HIV/AIDS Papers
Does female education prevent the spread of HIV-AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa? [PDF]
A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Female Primary Education as a Means of Reducing HIV/AIDS in Tanzania [PDF]
An Implicit Price for a Daly for use in a cost-benefit Analysis of ARVS [PDF]
A Social Cost-Benefit Criterion for Evaluating Voluntary Counseling and Testing with an Application to Tanzania [PDF]
Economic Evaluations of HIV Prevention in Rich Countries and the Need to Focus on the Aging of the HIV-Positive Population [PDF]
Why Countries Have Both Subsidized and Free Condoms to Prevent HIV/AIDS: The Role of Stigma Mitigation [PDF]
Mental Health Cost Benefit Analysis Papers
The Role of User Fees in the Cost-Benefit Analysis of Privatization with an Application to Inpatient Psychiatric Services in the US [PDF]
Tax Implications of Cost Shifting in Cost-Benefit Analysis in Mental Health [PDF]
A Simple Method for Converting a CEA into a CBA with an Application to Mental Health Expenditures [PDF]
Estimating the Effectiveness and Benefits of Alcohol Treatment  Programs for Use in Economic Evaluations [PDF]

The Role of Public and Private Transfers in the Cost-Benefit analysis of Privatization with an Application to Hospital Psychiatric Services in the US [PDF ]

Other Published Papers
Country Estimates of Social Discount Rates Based on Changes in Life Expectancy [PDF]
CFmHA Social Discount Rate [PDF]
Imputing Weights Behind Past Railway Closure Decisions with a Cost-Benefit Framework [PDF]
On the Estimation Technique to Reveal Government Distributional Weights [PDF]
Shadow Prices for a Physicians Services [PDF]
A Three Objective Social Welfare Function for Cost-Benefit Analysis [PDF]
Distinguishing Between Money Income and Utility Income in Cost-Benefit Analysis [PDF]
The Consumption Rate of Interest and the Numbers Effect [PDF]
The Numbers Effect and the Shadow Wage Rate in Project Appraisal [PDF]
Cost-Benefit Analysis, User Prices and State Expenditures in India [PDF]
Lagged Reactions in Short-run Estimates of Tax Shifting of Company Income and Sales Taxes in Kenya [PDF]
The Cost-Benefit Analysis of Government Loans [PDF]
Use of Distributional Weights in Cost-Benefit Analysis -A Survey of Schools [PDF]
A Cross-Section Framework for Estimating Jointly the Extent of Shifting of Sales and Company Income Taxes, with an Application to Kenya [PDF]
A New Approach to Valuing a Life [PDF]
An Axiomatic Basis for the Three Objective Social Welfare Function within a Poverty Context [PDF]
Published Books
Setting Priorities for HIV/AIDS Interventions [Link] [Flyer]
Handbook of Research on Cost-Benefit Analysis [Link]
Applied Cost-Benefit Analysis, Second Edition [Link]
Cost-Benefit Analysis for Developing Countries [Link]
Applied Cost-Benefit Analysis [Link]


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