April 2019 Newsletter
News and Updates

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 info@benefitcostanalysis.org (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.  

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 Membership portal. Click below for the current edition!



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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 
www.tse-fr.eu/SBCAEC2019​ and view the flyer on the SBCA homepage!

2019 Conference Evaluations

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
The SBCA needs 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 returned  your evaluation. 

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 info@benefitcostanalysis.org. The closing date for nominations for the committee is April 26, 2019, but please consider responding today.

On Balance: How Expanding Health Insurance Coverage Reduces Financial Risks

April 10, 2019

By: Jonathan Skinner
When researchers and policy analysts consider the benefits of expanding health insurance coverage, they understandably focus first on the health benefits, such as reduced infant mortality, increased longevity, lower rates of illness, and improved quality of life. However, access to insurance also lowers financial risk exposure—i.e., it protects the household against major shocks to its financial well-being—by mitigating lost earning capacity and helping to cover out-of-pocket health care expenditures. This post describes a new article published in the JBCA, Valuing Protection against Health-Related Financial Risks  with co-authors Kalipso Chalkidou and Dean Jamison, which is part of an open access Special Issue, Conducting Benefit-Cost Analysis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, edited by Lisa Robinson (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health).

Click here to read more!

SRA Call for Submissions

SBCA is again co-sponsoring symposia with the SRA's Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group (EBASG) at the 2019 Annual Meeting, December 8 - 12, 2019 in Arlington, VA. EBASG focuses on the use of economic analyses to support risk-management decisions. Our goals include encouraging better integration between risk assessors, economists, and others involved in risk-management decisions.

If you are interested in submitting a symposium or an individual paper with SBCA sponsorship, contact Deborah Aiken, Aliya Sassi, or Chris Dockins before submitting to the SRA. For more information about the meeting and the abstract requirements, visit the SRA-EBASG website and the 2019 SRA Annual Meeting website.

USDA Workshop on the Valuation of Ecosystem Services

The deadline for registration is Monday, April 15, 2019. 

Despite several decades of work and the development of a well-established literature, significant gaps remain. These knowledge gaps limit the ability of USDA to measure the value of ecosystem services delivered by its programs and policies. The goal of the workshop is to explore new methods and data that could enhance USDA’s ability to estimate the value of ecosystem services provided by its programs and policies. To be clear, the focus is on non-market benefits that are often difficult to value, and possibly even to characterize in measurable units.
The workshop will provide decision makers, researchers, and other stakeholders an understanding of how innovative methods in economics, advances in theory, and access to new and existing data can be used to improve the valuation of ecosystem services associated with USDA programs and policies. The sessions have been organized to provoke discussion and stimulate new ideas and collaborations.
Workshop details are available at: https://www.fs.fed.us/esv2019/ and http://www.narea.org/esvworkshop (the last is a file repository & proceedings). 

A Message From the SBCA Executive Director

As the calendar moves into spring and warmer weather is more constant, it’s time to rejuvenate the Committees that are the life blood of the Society.  In addition to needing members for the 2020 Program Committee, who will oversee the call for papers, paper selection process and every aspect of the 12th Annual Conference and Meeting, the SBCA is also looking for members to populate a broad array of equally important committees.  Outlined below are committees that need members to volunteer with their successful completion of their charges.  The time commitment for each varies, all meet via conference call usually no more than once a month.
  • Nominating – Chaired by the Vice President; this committee must contain an equal number of Board and non-Board voting members.
  • Elections – Chaired by the Secretary and two additional non-Board voting members.
  • Journal – Chaired by the Past President and Journal editorial team, President and Vice President and other voting members as recommended the Editor-in-Chief and Past President, members require Board approval
  • Audit – Chaired by Treasurer in an ex officio capacity with at least three (odd number) of non-officer Board members or voting members
  • Program – Chaired by the Vice President; with Board and non-Board members; members require Board approval
  • Development – President appoints chair from the Board; the chair then nominates 3 additional members; members require Board approval.
  • Awards – Chaired by the Past President; with additional Board members or voting members
  • Membership – Chaired by a member of the Board; with additional Board members or voting members
If you are interested in any of the above committees, please email your interest to info@benefitcostanalysis.org.

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 modeling used for policy assessment.  For additional information please contact Jérôme Massiani at j.massiani@unive.it

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. 

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 santoro@csilmilano.com
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