Past Seminar

The Economics of Pandemics

Oct 7, 2009 Video

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The Economics of Pandemics
First Wednesday Seminar
October 7, 2009

The Economics of Pandemics

In the wake of the recent H1N1 pandemic, there is renewed attention regarding the challenges of detecting and containing disease outbreaks and the economic consequences of pandemics. At this First Wednesday seminar, which also marks the launch of RFF’s new Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy (, we'll examine some key issues. Can markets be used to predict disease outbreaks? What are the incentives for countries to look for and report disease outbreaks? What are the economic consequences of outbreaks? And what sorts of policy solutions are most effective?

The challenges of improving public health call for coordination of varied perspectives that go beyond the usual models. The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy (CDDEP) at Resources for the Future produces independent, multidisciplinary research to advance the health of human populations in the United States and around the world.

The strength of CDDEP derives from its researchers’ experience in addressing country- and region-specific health problems, as well as truly global challenges, while recognizing the circumstances in which the answers must fit. The solutions require application of economics, epidemiology, disease modeling, risk analysis, and statistics—the collective expertise of the CDDEP staff.  

At RFF's monthly First Wednesday Seminar Series, scholars and experts exchange ideas and views with the RFF community on important energy, environmental, and natural resource topics. 

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  • Maureen L. Cropper, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future; Distinguished University Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, University of Maryland
  • Phil Sharp, Fellow, The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; former President, RFF