January 2016
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Join or Renew Your Membership Today!

Please join or renew your membership today, to help support our mission and take advantage of our many member benefits. 

See our website for more details about our membership and Affiliate levels and associated benefits, and to join us for 2016. 

Call for WEAI sessions

SBCA has an opportunity to arrange joint sessions at the Western Economic Association International (WEAI) conferences in Portland, Oregon (June 29 - July 3, 2016) and Santiago, Chile (January 3-6, 2017).

Session information for the Portland conference is due to WEAI no later than February 1, 2016. If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel, please contact Erika Dowd at sbcainfo@uw.edu

SBCA Membership Meeting 2016

The annual meeting of the SBCA membership will take place during our conference, on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. at the GWU Marvin Center. We encourage all members to attend, whether or not you plan to otherwise attend the conference, and will be sharing reports on our major activities from the past year, finances, future plans and other items of importance to the membership. 

If you do plan to attend without otherwise attending the conference, please RSVP to Erika Dowd at sbcainfo@uw.edu by February 15

Early-Bird Conference and Workshop Registration Ends Soon

Register today to join us for the 2016 SBCA Conference and Workshops from March 16-18, 2016 in Washington, DC! Early registration closes on January 31, so please register today to take advantage of lower prices. 

Conference Registration

Workshop Registration

The preliminary conference program is now available. Please note that this information is subject to change before the conference, and updates will be posted to the website.

This year's keynote address will be a discussion on benefit-cost analysis and regulatory reform with Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D) of North Dakota and Senator James Lankford (R) of Oklahoma, moderated by SBCA President Susan Dudley, during lunch on Thursday, March 17.

Opportunities for conference sponsorship, advertising and exhibit tables are also available through the conference registration link. More details about registration timing, prices and workshop descriptions are available on our website

SBCA has reserved hotel room blocks at the One Washington Circle and Melrose Hotels near the Foggy Bottom Metro station. Please see our website for more details. You must make your reservation by February 15 in order to receive the block rates, and space is limited. 

We look forward to seeing you in March!

Benefit-Cost Analysis Working Papers

We are starting a new initiative to share working papers related to benefit-cost analysis. SBCA members may send abstracts and links to their working papers to the SBCA Executive Director, Erika Dowd, at sbcainfo@uw.edu, following this format: title, authors and affiliations, abstract, and link to paper online.

We will circulate an e-newsletter featuring links to these working papers periodically to the full SBCA mailing list (5,000+ individuals). 

Please note that only currrent SBCA members may submit papers for the series. We hope you will consider sharing your work!

Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis Issue Available Now

Volume 6, Issue 3 (Fall 2015) is now available. It is a special issue on Benefit-Cost Analysis of Prevention and Intervention Programs for Youth and Young Adults guest edited by Margaret Kuklinski (University of Washington). 

Articles include:
  • "Benefit-Cost Analysis of Prevention and Intervention Programs for Youth and Young Adults: Introduction to the Special Issue" by Margaret Kuklinksi
  • “Considering Valuation of Non-Cognitive Skills in Benefit-Cost Analysis of Programs for Children” by Damon Jones, Lynn Karoly, Daniel Crowley, and Mark Greenberg (open access
  • “The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning” by Clive Belfield, Brooks Bowden, Alli Klapp, Henry Levin, Robert Shand, and Sabine Zander
  • “Cost Analysis of a School-Based Social and Emotional Learning and Literacy Intervention” by Katherine Long, Joshua L. Brown, Stephanie M. Jones, J. Lawrence Aber and Brian T. Yates
  • “Evaluating the Talent Search TRIO Program: A Benefit-Cost Analysis and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis” by A. Brooks Bowden and Clive Belfield
  • “Benefits and Costs of a Targeted Intervention Program for Youthful Offenders: The YouthBuild USA Offender Project” by Mark Cohen and Alex Piquero
  • “Using Cost-Benefit Analysis to Scale Up Early Childhood Programs through Pay for Success Financing” by Judy Temple and Arthur Reynolds
To access the JBCA, please visit our page on the Cambridge Press website.

Thank you to our 2016 Organizational Affiliates

  • The Brattle Group
  • Eastern Research Group
  • George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center*
  • Industrial Economics, Incorporated*
  • Mathematica Policy Research*
  • NERA Economic Consulting*
* Charter affiliates

  • Environment Canada
  • Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia
  • Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • GRA, Incorporated
  • Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities, Cornell University
  • LaFollette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Optimity Advisors
  • School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
  • University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
  • University of Kentucky Department of Economics
  • Vanderbilt University's Ph.D. Program in Law & Economics
Please visit our membership page for information about becoming a 2016 Organizational Affiliate and for a list of past Affiliates.
SBCA Newsletter - January 2016