February 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 February 15th!

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.

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.

Donate to the 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.

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 Final Preliminary Agenda Announced

The following are just a few of the many excellent panels the SBCA will 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 
    • Policy Formulation in Brazil: New Policy Evaluation Guidelines, and Their Comparison to Best Practices in the U.S.                     
  • Illustrative Case Studies and Future Research Needs: Benefit Cost Analysis in 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

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

Just Added!
Introduction to Regulatory Impact Assessment - ($300.00)
Organizer: Lisa Robinson, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Center for Health Decision Science and Center for Risk Analysis)

For workshop descriptions and registration, click here!

On Balance: Can Cost Benefit Analysis Tell Us If Our City Should Host the Olympics? It Does. But Could Do It Better.

February 13, 2019

By: Jérôme Massiani
There is growing skepticism among both academics and government officials about the benefits of large-scale sport and cultural events. Although Input-Output (IO) has long been the dominant approach to estimating the impacts of these events, the method faces criticism for both its lack of realism and the incompleteness of its results. Consequently, economists have begun to turn to two alternative approaches: computable general equilibrium (CGE) and cost-benefit analysis. These approaches can take into account effects not captured within an IO framework. They also often produce strikingly different results than those obtained using an IO model. This post reports some preliminary results from ongoing research evaluating nearly 60 studies that use cost-benefit methods to evaluate events. More complete results will be presented at the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Conference in March 2019.

Click Here to Read More

SBCA Membership Meeting 2019

The annual meeting of the SBCA membership will take place during the conference, on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 12:15 p.m. at the GWU Marvin Center. All members are encouraged to attend, whether or not you plan to otherwise attend the conference. SBCA's Leadership will be sharing reports on major activities from the past year, finances, future plans, and other items of importance to the membership. 

A Message From the SBCA Executive Director

 It’s almost hard to believe that SBCA’s 11th Annual Conference and Meeting kicks off in just 28 days.  The Programming Committee has spent countless hours reviewing papers, coordinating speakers and finalizing sessions to create this top-shelf opportunity to experience the latest and best research in benefit-cost analysis.
Even with the disruptions caused by the government shutdown in December and into January, registration for the conference remains strong and a record attendance is anticipated to be in Washington, DC for the SBCA premier event of the year.  As a bonus, mid-March in DC can be a wonderful experience, as early spring warm weather brings life and color back to the nation’s capital.  If Mother Nature permits, the famous Washington Cherry Blossoms may even be blooming at the Tidal Basin and around town!
If you haven’t registered yet, be sure to do so by February 15th to catch SBCA’s “Early Bird” pricing and take an extra moment to review the five great workshop offerings that the Society has produced this year!

I look forward to seeing everyone here in DC in just one month from today!

Yours Truly,

Steve Jones
Executive Director

New Editorship of JBCA

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis is very pleased to welcome the new Editors of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, Editor-in-Chief, Thomas J. Kniesner (Claremont Graduate University), Associate Editor, Henrik Andersson (Toulouse School of Economics), Associate Editor, Lynn A. Karoly (RAND Corporation), Managing Editor, Paul Peretz (Claremont Graduate University), and Assistant to the Managing Editor, Chelsea Lucktenberg (Claremont Graduate University). The JBCA Editor’s welcome inquiries from authors interested in publishing in JBCA. 

SBCA gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the outgoing journal editorial team made up of editors Glenn C. Blomquist and William H. Hoyt and Managing Editor Mary Kokoski.   Additionally they could not have produced the journal without the support of the Editorial Board members, authors, reviewers, and especially the MacArthur Foundation. 

ERSA Congress Lyon August 2019

August 26-30, 2019
Submission deadline February 28, 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 modeling used for policy assessment.  For additional information please contact Jérôme Massiani at j.massiani@unive.it

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