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Robert J. Brent

Professor of Economics

Rose Hill Campus: Dealy E-510 
Phone: 718-817-4058

Video interview about my latest book "Cost-Benefit Analysis and Dementia" (50% off coupon code: BRN50)


Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Manchester
M.A. in Economics from the University of Manchester
B.A. in Economics from the University of Kent at Canterbury


  • Cost-Benefit-Analysis
  • Health Economics


Robert J. Brent is a Professor of Economics at Fordham University in New York and he is 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 1998. 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. In 2003 Robert was given a Fulbright Research award to evaluate HIV/AIDS interventions in Tanzania and he lived there for 7 months. He has been working on HIV/AIDS interventions ever since then. His published articles cover condoms, female education, voluntary counseling and testing and anti-retroviral drugs in Africa. His recently completed research involves putting a value on stigma prevention and evaluating ARVs, both studies related to older adults with HIV in NYC.


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.


Cost-Benefit Analyses of Dementia

HIV/AIDS Cost-Benefit Analysis and other HIV/AIDS Papers

Mental Health Cost-Benefit Analysis Papers

Other Published Papers

Published Books