January 2019 Newsletter
News and Updates

Early Bird Registration for 2019 SBCA Annual Conference & Meeting!

Take advantage of the Early Bird Registration for the 2019 Annual Conference until January 31st!
On March 13th, the event will kick off with a number of specialized workshops followed by a welcoming reception with the conference running through March 15th.
The theme for 2019 is "Thinking about the Width and Breadth of Benefit-Cost Analysis."
Join your friends and colleagues and register today for the 2019 Annual Conference!


The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis: Fall 2018

The Fall 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 Fall edition! 



Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Donate to the SBCA

In addition to your membership, considering 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.

Upcoming Events


2019 SBCA Conference Speaker Announcements

Keynote - Cass Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard
From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School.

Closing Plenary - Dean Jamison, Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco
He has led major efforts to evaluate investments and set priorities in global health, including the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health and the Disease Control Priorities project.

Awards Season

The SBCA is currently seeking nominations!

Outstanding Achievement Award - In 2016, the SBCA Board of Directors created the Outstanding Achievement Award to be awarded as appropriate to individuals who make significant contributions to the field of benefit-cost analysis. 

Richard Zerbe Distinguished Service Award - The Board of Directors sought to honor his contributions by creating the Richard Zerbe Distinguished Service Award in 2014 to be awarded as appropriate to individuals who make significant contributions to helping the SBCA further its mission.

The Nomination deadline for both awards is February 15, 2019.

Please send nominations to Kevin Barr at info@benefitcostanalysis.org!

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.  

Click Below to Learn About Member Benefits:

SBCA membership

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

2019 Annual Conference Preliminary Agenda Announced

The following are just a few of the many excellent panels we have to offer:
  • Policy Implications of BCA
    • Efficiency Criteria for Nudges and Norms
    • WTA vs. WTP Choices and Valuations vs. Remedial Guides: The Illustrative Example of the Loss from the BP Gulf Oil Spill
    • GAO's Assessment Methodology for Economic Analysis 
  • Illustrative Case Studies and Future Research Needs: Benefit Cost Analysis is Low- and Middle-Income Countries
    • Organized by Lisa A. Robinson & James Hammit​t
  • Frontiers in Benefit-Cost Analysis of Environmental Policies
    • ​Epistemic limits of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policymaking
    • Altruism, Endogenous Risk and the Value of Reduced Mortality
    • Integrating Fundamental Uncertainty into Benefit-Cost Analysis for the Assessment of Deep-Seabed Mining
    • The Economics of Regulatory Repeal

For the rest of the preliminary agenda, please click here

2019 SBCA Membership Renewals

We look forward to having your support and participation again in the coming year.

Any questions or inquiries regarding your membership or invoice, please contact us at info@benefitcostanalysis.org.

Annual Conference Workshops Announced

Join us on March 13, 2019 for our Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops!

Offerings include:

1. Putting Benefit Cost Analysis into Practice: Creating a Criminal Justice BCA Model - ($375.00)
Organizer: Michael Wilson, MWConsulting

2. A Voice Crying in the Wilderness? Techniques for Promoting the Use of Evidence and BCA Results to Policymakers - ($350.00)
Organizer: Steven Lize, The Pew Charitable Trusts

3. Using meta-analysis to support benefit-cost analysis and evidence-based policymaking - ($400.00)
Organizer: Michael Hirsch

4. Deregulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis - ($300.00)
Organizer: Jennifer Baxter, Industrial Economics, Incorporated

For workshop descriptions and registration, click here!

SBCA Board Election Results

The Society is pleased to announce the results of its annual election. We welcome several distinguished practitioners and scholars to our Board. Thanks for all those who agreed to be on the ballot, as well as all the members who participated in the voting process. Please join the Society in congratulating the recently elected officers and new Board members for 2019.
  • Clark Nardinelli (Formerly U.S. Food and Drug Administration), President
  • Craig Thornton (Formerly with Mathematica) , Vice President (2019, automatically succeeds to President in 2020)
  • Kelly Maguire (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Services), Treasurer
  • Jennifer Baxter (Industrial Economics), Assistant Treasurer (2019, automatically succeeds to Treasurer in 2020).
  • Joe Devlin (Environment & Climate Change Canada) Secretary
  • Bengt Kristrom (Professor of Resource Economics and Head Department of Forest Economics), Board Member
  • David Long (Princeton Policy Associates), Board Member
  • Dan Acland (University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy), Board Member

On Balance: Review of The Cost-Benefit Revolution by Cass R. Sunstein

 January 9, 2018

 By Lisa A. Robinson
 Fomenting revolution brings to mind crowds storming the barricades, not analysts struggling to debug a spreadsheet or craft a clear sentence. Yet in his book, The Cost-Benefit Revolution, Cass Sunstein (Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School) argues that benefit-cost analysts are doing exactly that. The barricades we surmount are decision-making errors resulting from over reliance on intuition and emotion, our weapons are science and economics, and our achievements are better policies.

As a previous Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, which oversees the U.S. regulatory program, it is not surprising that Sunstein focuses on the use of benefit-cost analysis in the regulatory realm. However, his insights and conclusions are broadly applicable to wherever benefit-cost analysis is practiced.

Click Here to Read More

A Message From the SBCA Executive Director

 I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe holiday season.
 As the Conference quickly approaches, highlighted below are the terrific workshop opportunities available this year!

SBCA offers Four Workshops March 13 in Washington, DC
Steven Lize, Chair, and the members of the Workshop Subcommittee have developed a robust program of four professional development sessions as an incentive to come a little bit early to SBCA’s 11th Annual Conference and Meeting. The morning workshops on Wednesday March 13 (8:30 am to 12:30 pm) include, “A Voice Crying in the Wilderness?  Techniques for Promoting the Use of Evidence and BCA Results to Policymakers” and “Using Meta-Analysis to Support Benefit-Cost Analysis and Evidence-based Policymaking.” If you register by January 31, the workshops are priced at $350 and $400 respectively for each person attending.
The two afternoon (1:30 pm to 5:00 pm) options include the workshops, “Putting Benefit Cost Analysis into Practice: Creating a Criminal Justice BCA Model,” and “Deregulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis.” Again, if registering by January 31, the workshops are priced at $375 and $300 respectively for each person attending.
If you are traveling to Washington, DC to attend the SBCA’s 11th Annual Conference and Meeting, please review the full descriptions for each workshop found on the SBCA website at https://benefitcostanalysis.org/2019-pre-conference-professional-development-workshops. Each workshop provides a great deal of knowledge and provides specific benefits on each subject area for a modest investment. If you are traveling to Washington, plan on arriving a day early to take advantage of these excellent workshops and expand your knowledge of benefit-cost analysis and its practical applications. Additionally, you do not need to register for the Annual Conference and Meeting to attend one of workshops above. 
For more information on the SBCA Annual Conference and Meeting, please go to https://benefitcostanalysis.org/2019-annual-conference. To register for the conference and the workshops, please go to https://www.memberleap.com/members/evr/reg_event.php?orgcode=SBCA&evid=12983429 and scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Register for this Event” button.

Yours Truly,

Steve Jones
Executive Director

ERSA Congress Lyon August 2019

August 26-30, 2019

SBCA and the European Regional Science Association (ERSA) welcome proposals for contributions for a special session on evaluation. The session will gather scholars using various evaluation techniques in the areas of interest of Regional Science. The proposed presentation can relate to Cost Benefit Analysis or other assessment techniques, preferably quantitative.
We welcome contributions that take a comparative or transversal view on various techniques. This applies for instance to CGE modelling used for policy assessment.  For additional information please contact Jerome Massiani at j.massiani@unive.it

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