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Fran Sussman

Fran Sussman is an independent consultant with three decades of experience analyzing issues affecting energy and the Fran Sussmanenvironment. For almost two decades, she has explored a wide range of topics in the economics of climate change, analyzing issues as diverse as the cost of mitigation, uncertainty in emissions inventory measurement, the design of greenhouse gas trading systems, and the use and interpretation of the results of economic models in climate analysis and projections. In addition to her climate change work, Dr. Sussman has an extensive history in conducting regulatory benefit-cost analyses for stratospheric ozone and toxic substances and pesticides, and has authored peer-reviewed papers on discounting, valuation of risk and mortality, and related topics.

Dr. Sussman’s current research centers on understanding the economic impacts of climate change and how economic analysis, including benefit-cost analysis, can support climate decision making. Collaborations in this area include a special issue of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, entitled Perspectives on Implementing Benefit-Cost Analysis in Climate Assessment, a report prepared for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, entitled Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems, and a workshop for the National Climate Assessment, entitled Valuation Techniques and Metrics for Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation Options: Methodological Perspectives.

Her expertise has assisted a variety of clients, including federal agencies, state governments, multilateral institutions and international organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and the private sector. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her employment history includes ICF Consulting, the Congressional Budget Office, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis within the US Department of Commerce.

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