May 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 (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! 


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2019 Conference Agenda and Abstracts

The Society would like to thank everyone who submitted their PowerPoints to be posted onto the website. Feel free to go here and view the full set of submitted abstracts, as well as the agenda for the 2019 Annual Conference. Cass Sunstein's Keynote Speech and Dean Jamison's Plenary Session recordings are free to view on this page. 

A Message From the SBCA Executive Director

Mark your calendar! Believe it or not, planning is already underway for the 12th Annual SBCA Conference and Meeting. The Conference dates are March 16-17, 2020The Marvin Center on the campus of The George Washington University will again be the meeting host. SBCA greatly appreciates the work of Susan Dudley, Director, The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and Distinguished Professor of Practice, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration for sponsoring the Society’s use of the space.
The planning cycle is already underway for the 2020 conference. The call for papers this year will be accelerated and will open in late May. The reason for doing this is to complete the planning cycle earlier and allow for greater awareness of topics presented during the Annual Conference and Meeting.  And to help attract even more BCA professionals to the event.
Workshops are planned again for the 2020 conference. As more information is available, it will be posted on the SBCA website. However, mark your calendars now to be in Washington, DC, March 16-17, 2020 to attend the 12th Annual SBCA Conference & Meeting. The Society hopes this timeline will attract even more BCA professionals to the event.

Yours Truly,

Steve Jones
Executive Director

On Balance: From the SBCA President: Impressions of the 11th Annual Conference

Clark Nardinelli, SBCA, On Balance, JBCAMay 15, 2019

By: Clark Nardinelli

The 2019 Annual Conference and Meeting of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis took place March 13-15 at The George Washington University’s Marvin Center. The conference was attended by 329 friends of benefit-cost analysis, the largest number of attendees since the first conference in 2008. The attendees were treated to a cornucopia of benefits and costs, eminent speakers, and good conversation.

Forty-three conference sessions covered topics presented by researchers and practitioners from around the world, reflecting the global applications of benefit-cost analysis and the reach of the Society. Presentations tackled subjects as diverse as the Olympics, taxes, crime prevention, international environmental agreements, sanitation, prohibition, deregulation, drawbridges, nudges, and the statistical value of a dog life. Discussants’ perspectives, questions and comments from audiences, and spirited talk during breaks and evening receptions were often as enlightening as the presentations themselves. It all came together to create an ideal event for those who care about benefit-cost analysis.

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On Balance: Trump’s Deregulatory Record

John Graham, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental AffairsKeith Belton,Manufacturing Policy Initiative in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University May 15, 2019

By: Keith B. Belton and John D. Graham

In his campaign for the US presidency, candidate Donald Trump advocated widespread deregulation of the US economy. Upon taking office, President Trump quickly issued policies to fulfill his campaign promises. Midway through his term, it is fair to ask: Is deregulation being accomplished?

To answer this question, we recently completed a study of the Trump deregulatory record at the two-year mark (Belton and Graham 2019). We interviewed dozens of regulatory experts, reviewed the literature, searched regulatory databases, and conducted original analysis. We deliberately chose not to take a position on whether deregulation is in itself good or bad, but rather to focus on whether the Trump Administration has been effective in deregulation.

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Video Montage of Conducting Benefit-Cost Analysis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government created a video montage that features "Conducting Benefit-Cost Analysis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries," the introduction to the JBCA Special Issue.  

The SBCA and Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile has helped donate over $120,000,000 since it launched in 2013. The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis is officially partnered with Amazon Smile and can now receive donations from users. Anyone with an Amazon account can donate, without any added charges! Simply choose the Society for Benefit Cost Analysis as your Amazon Smile Charity and every purchase you make, Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the SBCA, at no extra cost!

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.

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

Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis: European Conference 2019

We are pleased to announce the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis: European Conference 2019. The SBCA European Conference will be held on November 26-27, at the Toulouse School of Economics. This is the Society's first European Conference.

The conference welcomes submissions on topics closely related to BCA such as non-market valuation, discounting, equity, social policy, regulation, implementation of BCA, etc., and applications to any public policy area, such are environment, transport, health, energy, etc., are encouraged.

Deadlines: Submissions - July 10, 2019; Notification of Acceptance - August 20, 2019; Early Bird Registration & Confirmation of Participation - September 30, 2019

For more information about the Conference, Registration, and Call for Papers visit the Conference Website.

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

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. 

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