La Follette School economist Robert Haveman delivered the keynote address on October 21 at the Theory, Science, and Statistics in the Use of Benefit-Cost Analysis conference in Washington, D.C.
Haveman's presentation was titled "What Counts? What Doesn't? Does it Matter? The Accounting Stance in Benefit-Cost."
Haveman has published widely in the fields of public finance, the economics of environmental and natural resources policy, benefit-cost analysis, and the economics of poverty and social policy. His current projects include estimating the adequacy of savings of older workers at and during retirement, evaluating the impacts of the Section 8 housing voucher program, and assessing cross-national patterns of social mobility. He has been director of the La Follette School and of the Institute for Research on Poverty, and he served as chair of the Department of Economics.
Professor David Weimer chaired a session on statistics and benefit-cost analysis at the same conference, which was partly sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation.