September 2018 Newsletter
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March 13 – 15, 2019 in 
Washington, DC at the George Washington University's Marvin Center

The Society’s 11th Annual Conference and Workshops are coming in March. The theme for 2019 is “Thinking About the Width and Breadth of Benefit-Cost Analysis.”  The Program Committee welcomes submissions on all topics, and encourages proposals for panels, roundtables, and presentations on Communicating Benefit-Cost Analysis, Teaching Benefit-Cost Analysis, and Benefits and Costs Beyond the Beltway.
11th Annual Conference and Meeting
GWU Marvin Center
March 13 – 15, 2019
Washington, DC

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The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis: Summer 2018

The Summer 2018 issue of the JBCA is available to members. 

      All SBCA members receive complimentary access to the JBCA through the SBCA Memberleap portal. Click below for the current Spring edition! 



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Membership Benefits

The Society has been growing steadily since its inception in 2007, and our annual conference and other activities help us work toward our mission of working to promote and improve the theory and practice of benefit-cost analysis.  

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SBCA membership

Please contact Steve Jones, Executive Director with any renewal issues or questions. 

Donate to SBCA

In addition to your membership, consider making a donation to the SBCA. Your contribution helps to further the mission of the SBCA to advance the theory and practice of benefit-cost analysis and related economic evaluation methods.

Gifts to the SBCA are fully tax deductible and support activities not covered by membership and conference fees. 

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Call For Submissions Deadline

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is now accepting abstracts and workshop proposals for participation in the 2019 annual conference (March 14-15, 2019). Abstracts and proposals are due October 26, 2018. 

The SBCA is an international group of practitioners, academics and others who are working to improve the theory and application of the tools of benefit cost analysis (BCA). The Society welcomes submissions that support the enhanced use of such analysis to promote evidence-based decision making. SBCA defines BCA broadly, including cost analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, risk-benefit analysis, applied welfare economics, damage assessment and other methods. Applications in any public policy area are encouraged. For example, proposals may be in such areas as:

 ·         Civil and criminal justice
 ·         Education and training
 ·         Energy, natural resources, and environment
 ·         Finance and financial markets
 ·         Food and agriculture
 ·         Health, health insurance, and health care
 ·         International trade and development
 ·         Safety and security
 ·         Social welfare programs
 ·         State and local policy
 ·         Teaching Benefit-Cost Analysis
 ·         Theory and methods
 ·         Transportation and infrastructure
 ·         Workforce and workplace

For more information, please visit our Call for Submissions page!

Celebrating 25 Years of Executive Order 12866

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of EO 12866, the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis is co-sponsoring a forum with the George Washington University (GW) Regulatory Studies Center, the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association, and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration at GW. The forum, to be held on the GWU campus on the afternoon of September 24, will feature panels addressing the past, present, and future of EO 12866.  Be sure to mark your calendar.

Monday September 24; 1:30 to 5:30 pm

Reception to follow

Additional information and to register (free), click here

On Balance: Two Decades of Benefits and Costs: Promise and Pitfalls

 September, 12, 2018

 By Clark Nardinelli

 A new article in the Fall Issue of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis  (JBCA), “Some Pitfalls of Practical Benefit-Cost Analysis,”  describes common pitfalls that well-meaning analysts fall into. Over the past 23 years I have worked on and supervised hundreds of benefit-cost analyses. Most of these analyses have dealt with public health regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration, although on occasion I have reviewed analyses from other government agencies and academia. I’ve seen these pitfalls occur many times and at one time or another I’ve been guilty of most of them.
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Outstanding Dissertation Award for Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

The SBCA invites submissions for the 2018 Outstanding Dissertation Award. This is a new award established to recognize outstanding work by promising new researchers in the field. The award is accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize and the winner will be recognized at the SBCA annual meeting. In addition, recipients will be encouraged to submit a paper based on their dissertation to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. The paper will undergo the standard journal peer-review process. The dissertation may be primarily focused on the theory and/or application of benefit-cost analysis, or it may be contained in a portion of the work (e.g., a subset of the chapters of the dissertation or one paper of a multi-paper dissertation).

Information about eligibility and the application process is available on the SBCA website. Submissions are due on October 1, 2018.

Society Management firm Merges, Changes Name

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis is now managed by Virtual Inc. after recently merging with Drohan Management Group (DMG) and taking the name Virtual. As a professional services organization similar to DMG, Virtual enables associations, professional societies, consortia, standards organizations, and advocacy groups to achieve their goals and make a mark on the world.  For the Society, this change is nearly transparent. Members will continue to receive a high level of service in addition to greater organizational resources provided by Virtual. 

2018 JBCA Editor Search

The SBCA is seeking a new editor or team of co-editors for its flagship journal, the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis (JBCA), to serve a three-year renewable term beginning in January 2019. For details on the Call for Proposals, please visit the editor search page. Applications are due on October 15, 2018.

Application Process
An application should include the following items:

1.  Curriculum vita for the proposed editor and any proposed co-editor or associate editors.
2.  A short statement (1 – 2 pages) reviewing the qualifications of the proposed editor(s) and indicating their motivation for becoming JBCA editor. 
3.  A short statement (1 – 2 pages) of editorial goals and philosophy, as well as plans for serving journal audiences.
4.  A letter of support from the applicant’s home institution, noting institutional contributions in terms of faculty release time, graduate or undergraduate student assistance, office staff personnel, and editorial team office space, among other contributions.

Please send application materials to the Journal Search Committee, care of Steven Jones.
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