March 2019 Newsletter
News and Updates

2019 SBCA European Conference

The First European SBCA conference will take place at the Toulouse School of Economics on November 26-27.

Key Dates:
July 10, 2019 - Submission Deadline
August 20, 2019 - Notification of acceptance
September 30, 2019 - Deadline for early bird registration, confirmation of participation

Keynote Speakers:
Jean Tirole, Toulouse School of Economics
James Hammitt, Harvard University

For more info, please visit and view the flyer here!

The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis - Spring Issue & Special Issue

The official Spring Issue & Special Issue are now both available to members! 

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



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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.  

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SBCA membership

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

Thank You for Attending the 2019 SBCA Annual Conference!

Thank you for attending the annual conference and meeting on March 14-15 and/or workshops on March 13  in Washington, D.C. 
The Society appreciates all contributions towards making this conference the most successful yet.

Conference Evaluations
We need your input! Please click HERE to complete the Conference Evaluation at your earliest convenience to compile and share the anonymous feedback with our organizers to help make next year's events even better. Please disregard if you have already handed in your evaluation. 

Permission to Post Slides Online
If you presented at the conference and would like your slides posted online as a PDF, click HERE to complete the Author’s Permission to Post form and return the signed form to Kevin Barr at (if you did not already complete the form in hard copy or via email). 

The Society will only be posting the slides for those who have sent in an author authorization form.  

Event photos will be promoted on the website and may currently be viewed on the Society social media pages!

Call for Nominations

As announced during the 2019 Conference, the Board of Directors are organizing a nominating committee to recruit members to serve on the Board starting in January 2020. Craig Thornton, the current Vice President, will chair the committee. The Society is looking for four more members. The committee will meet 2-3 times by telephone starting in April. The goal is to have a slate of nominations ready by early June. The election will be held later this fall.
If you would like to assist the Society by serving on the nominations committee or would like to nominate someone (including yourself) to serve on the Board, please email the Executive Director at The closing date for nominations for the committee is April 26, 2019, but please consider responding today.

On Balance: Social Welfare Effects of Smoking Bans in Bars and Restaurants

March 6, 2019

By: Anne Burton
Since the 1964 Surgeon General’s report linking smoking cigarettes to adverse health outcomes, numerous federal, state, and local governments have passed regulations designed to reduce the prevalence of smoking and related externalities. Examples of such regulations include cigarette taxes, public health campaigns, minimum purchasing ages for tobacco, and – the focus of this post – smoking bans in bars and restaurants. While the links between smoking and health are clear, the effects of these bans on social welfare, which includes other types of risky behavior as well as smoking, are less well understood. This post describes work-in-progress to address some of the gaps. Preliminary results were presented at the Annual Conference and Meeting of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis in March 2019.

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A Message From the SBCA Executive Director

I am starting this month’s message by issuing a big thank you to everyone who was involved in the production of SBCA’s 11th Annual Conference and Meeting.  Without members volunteering their time and expertise, this truly engaging conference would not happen.  And a special thanks goes to Clark Nardinelli, SBCA president and program chair, who spent hundreds of hours working to coordinate every speaker, session and detail. 
The 2019 conference highlights include a registration of just under 350 individuals who networked and attended 40+ sessions over two days focused on the Width & Breath of Benefit-Cost Analysis.  In addition to the breakouts and paper presentations, thought provoking keynotes were delivered by both Dean Jamison (University of California, San Francisco) and Cass Sunstein (Harvard University), two leaders within BCA community.  
The SBCA Board of Directors met on Friday morning, one of their key topics centered on growing the membership.  The Society’s membership sits at just under 300 individuals, a significant metric would be topping this figure, qualifying SBCA to host a session during the American Economic Association.  In addition to growing individual membership, the Board wants to also grow Affiliate membership.  If your institution is not currently a member and would like to be, please contact me for details on Affiliate membership or go to
One other major item the SBCA Board discussed was developing new member benefits and related to this, updating the SBCA website.  Look for information about the launch of new benefits in the coming months and a new SBCA website by the fall.  And while plans for next year’s annual conference are not yet finalized, please hold March 18-20, 2020 in Washington, DC for the 12th annual conference! 

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

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

9th Edition Milan Summer School - Cost Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects

Date: Monday September 9 - Friday September 13, 2019.
Location: Palazzo Greppi, University of Milan Via Sant'Antonio 12

This September, the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis is co-sponsoring the Milan Summer School. The Milan Summer School offers an intensive and participative learning experience focused on the appraisal (Cost-Benefit Analysis, CBA) of major infrastructure projects, with a focus on those applying for co-financing under the European Structural and Investment Funds in the programming period 2014-2020. The structure of the school reflects the need to provide an overview and introduction to principles and methods of CBA along with a more in-depth understanding of sectoral applications.

Click here to register and view more information about the Milan Summer School. For questions, please contact
SBCA Newsletter - March 2019 Newsletter