2016 Board Officers and New Members Elected
December 7, 2015
The Society is pleased to announce the results of its annual election. We welcome several distinguished practitioners and scholars to our Board. We thank all the members who participated in the voting process and hope you will join us in congratulating the Society’s recently elected officers and new Board members for 2016. The terms of the new Board members are staggered to equalize the number of positions that open each year.
Full biographies for each new member and officer are linked below; information about the current Board of Directors is available on our website. The 2016 President will be Susan Dudley of the GW Regulatory Studies Center (currently serving as Vice President).
- Lynn Karoly, Vice President (2016, automatically succeeds to President in 2017)
- Craig Thornton, Assistant Treasurer (2016, automatically succeeds to Treasurer in 2017)
- David Luskin, Board Member (2016-2017)
- George Parsons, Board Member (2016)
- Emile Quinet, Board Member (2016-2018)
- Gary VanLandingham, Board Member (2016-2018)
Lynn Karoly is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. A labor economist, Karoly joined RAND in 1988. Her recent research has focused on human capital investments, social welfare policy, child and family well-being, and U.S. labor markets. In the area of child policy, much of her research has focused on early childhood programs with studies on the use and quality of early care and education (ECE) programs, the system of publicly subsidized ECE programs, professional development for the ECE workforce, and ECE quality rating and improvement systems. In related work, she has examined the costs, benefits, and economic returns of early childhood interventions and youth development programs, and she has assessed the use of benefit-cost analysis (BCA) more generally to evaluate social programs. In recognition of her expertise in this area, Dr. Karoly has served on the planning committees and as a presenter for two National Academy of Sciences (NAS)/Institute of Medicine (IOM) workshops related to BCA of early childhood programs and prevention programs, respectively. She also currently serves on the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) Taskforce on Economic Analysis of Prevention. Her professional service includes editorial roles for the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis and The Journal of Human Resources. Karoly received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.
Craig Thornton is a senior fellow at Mathematica Policy Research, and is currently serving on the SBCA Board and Finance Committee. During his more than 30 years at Mathematica, his research has focused on health services research, disability policy, evaluation design, employment and training programs, and benefit-cost analysis. Thornton continues to advise ongoing studies of programs and policies to assist people with disabilities in participating fully in economic and community life. He has studied how well managed care and care-management serve people with chronic illnesses and functional impairments as well as how modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid programs could support better integration and health for people with such conditions. He has extensive experience designing and implementing large multi-site demonstration evaluations and conducting process, impact, and benefit-cost analyses.
Thornton has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, such as Health Services Research, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, American Sociological Review, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. In addition, he has served on many expert panels as well as on the boards of directors of Mathematica, the Center for Studying Health System Change, and AcademyHealth. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Johns Hopkins University.
David Luskin is an economist in the Office of Transportation Policy Studies in the Federal Highway Administration. David manages the program for the Highway Economics Requirements System, Highway Economic Requirements System (HERS), a model that uses benefit-cost analysis to project overall conditions and performance on Federal-aid-eligible highways at alternative potential levels of future investment in this system. In the area of benefit-cost analysis, he has also supported the development of tools by other offices within the Department of Transportation, the preparation of regulatory analyses, and the reviews of analyses submitted with TIGER grant applications. Before joining the FHWA in 2009, David’s career as an economist included stints in academia, consulting, and with research agencies of the Australian government. At the Bureau of Transport Economics, he wrote a major report on methodological issues in benefit-cost analysis. The topics explored included discount rates, values of travel time, externalities, taxes, regional development effects, logistic adaptations, use of national economic models, and alternative evaluation frameworks. David also led a benefit-cost evaluation of a proposal for a freight-serving inland railway between Melbourne and Brisbane, in which benefits from improved reliability of rail transit time was captured through an innovative revealed preference framework. Over the 20+ years he has specialized in transportation economics, David’s other areas of research have included land use and transportation interaction, national and regional economic impact analysis, congestion pricing, and public-private partnerships. Earlier in his career, he conducted policy-related research in various fields of microeconomics – labor, agriculture, international trade, and housing markets.
George Parsons is an economist specializing in environmental and natural resource issues. Most of his research has centered around understanding consumers’ preferences for environmental goods. He is a specialist in choice modeling techniques including travel-cost models, hedonic price models, contingent valuation, choice experiments, and more. He is interested in both methodological improvements and applications using these techniques. He has experience in survey research, discrete-choice econometrics, applied welfare economics, and consumer demand. His recent work includes choice models for valuing the attributes of electric vehicles, the visual disamenity of offshore wind power, beach closures (including beach narrowing due to sea rise), and shorebird recreation. His work appears in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Resource and Energy Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Energy Economics, Land Economics, and other field journals in environmental economics. Parsons holds a joint appointment in the Marine Policy Program in the School of Marine Science and Policy and the Department of Economics in the Alfred Lerner College of Business.
Emile Quinet has followed both a professional and an academic career. On the professional side, he held various positions in the Ministry of Transport and especially was Head of the Economic Analysis Service in the Ministry of Transport, from 1980 to 1982, and a member of the « Conseil Général des Ponts et Chaussées » from 1986 to 2001.
On the academic side, he held various teaching positions and is now invited professor at the EPFL Lausanne. He is the author of about 20 books (among the most recent ones: « Principles of Transport Economics » with R Vickerman, Edward Elgar, London, 2004 and « La tarification des transports: problèmes et enjeux » editor with A de Palma, Economica, Paris, 2005, “A Handbook of transport economics” editor with A de Palma, R Lindsey and R Vickerman, Edward Elgar, 2011), and about 200 articles, and roughly the same number of communications and research reports. He worked as an international expert in public economics and in strategic management of public and semi-public organizations. He participated in many consultancies on project assessemnt and feasibility procedures, both for specific countries and for international organizations (especially in France, Algeria, UNO, OECD). He has contributed to set up masterplans and strategic planning (for instance France, India, Italy, and Algeria). He also gave recommendations on productivity studies of public undertakings and on the setting of regulation procedures of public services procurement (among which, most recently, Algeria, France, the UK). He recently achieved a report to the French Government on “L’évaluation socio-économique des investissements publics” (Cost Benefit Assessment of Public Investments in France » (Paris, Commissariat Général à la Stratégie et à la Prospective).
Gary VanLandingham is the director of the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a joint initiative of Pew and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He manages Pew’s work to advance the use of benefit-cost analysis and to cultivate a climate for evidence-based decision-making that can enable states and local governments to eliminate ineffective programs and shift resources to those that generate the best outcomes.
As lead on Pew’s efforts to improve the use of data on cost-effectiveness in policy making, VanLandingham works with state and local partners to implement proven analytical tools that more accurately assess the true costs and benefits of public programs. He also helps policy makers use the findings to drive dollars toward programs with the highest returns on taxpayer investments. Currently, 25 states and local governments across the country are participating in the Results First Initiative.
Before joining Pew in January 2011, VanLandingham served for seven years as director of the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, the Florida Legislature’s policy research and evaluation arm. He has over 30 years of experience conducting and leading policy studies at the state and local government levels. He has served as staff chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures, chair of the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society and president of the Southeast Evaluation Association, and the North Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He also taught as an adjunct professor with the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at the Florida State University. VanLandingham has a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in public administration from the Florida State University and a bachelor’s from the University of Florida.