June 2019 Newsletter
News and Updates

Help Us Shape Your 2020 SBCA Annual Conference Experience

The Society wants to be sure that the content of the SBCA Annual Conference aligns both with the needs of society members and with the evolving practice of benefit-cost analysis. So, we’re coming directly to you get your ideas.

What general or specific subjects and content would you like to see covered at the 2020 SBCA Annual Conference?

Email your ideas to the program committee via info@benefitcostanalysis.org by July 31, 2019 and we’ll try to fit your suggestions into the conference.

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Some of the benefits include:
  • Discounted registration to the Annual Conference
  • Free subscription to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • Only organization dedicated to benefit-cost analysis
As a benefit-cost practitioner, professor, consultant, or student, you should not go without the content and overall benefits available through the Society.

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Call for Nominations

Interested in becoming more involved in SBCA activities? Consider running to be a member of the Board of Directors.

The Board is responsible for the governance of the Society; members serve on selected committees and participate in periodic conference calls and meetings. Current and previous members are listed online

The Board is also seeking nominations for Vice President and Assistant Treasurer. The Vice President chairs the program committee for our annual meeting as well as the nominating committee, and automatically succeeds the president. The Assistant Treasurer is responsible for assisting with the Treasurer’s duties, and automatically succeeds that role. 

Nominations are due no later than August 21, 2019, and should be emailed to info@benefitcostanalysis.org. Self-nominations are not only permissible, they are encouraged. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, email address, and phone number, as well as a brief (250 words or fewer) biographical statement summarizing your qualifications. 

Potential candidates will be reviewed by the nominating committee (Craig Thornton, Lisa Robinson, Glen Blomquist, Chris Dockins, Amber Jessup and Witold Willak) for election in autumn 2019, with terms beginning in January 2020.

Questions? Please contact us.

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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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 subject areas related to 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

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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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.

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

2020 Annual Conference - Call for Papers & Workshop Proposals

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is now accepting abstracts and workshop proposals for participation in our 2020 Annual Conference to be held March 16-17, 2020. Abstracts and proposals are due by September 6, 2019.  Acceptance notifications will be made by November 15, 2019. 

Interested in helping your colleagues develop new skills or learn about new topics? We welcome workshop proposals on any topic related to benefit-cost analysis that will be of interest to others working in this field. Workshops typically focus on basic skills necessary for benefit-cost analysis or on emerging issues and trends, but there is room for different approaches and types of content. Topics of interest to those working in academia, government, industry, or nonprofits, in the U.S. or elsewhere, are welcome. 

For more information on submitting an abstract or workshop proposal, click here.

On Balance: Assessing Ohio’s Use of Benefit-Cost Analysis

June 12, 2019

By: Rob Moore

Since Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Executive Order 12291 established benefit-cost analysis as standard practice for major rule changes, benefit-cost analysis has been commonly used to assess the efficiency of proposed federal regulations. Because of this and subsequent executive orders, all federal regulations that are projected to have a total economic impact of over $100 million are subject to a full benefit-cost analysis. Despite this prevalence at the federal level, benefit-cost analysis is much less common at the state level. In 2013, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative released a study of the use of benefit-cost analysis in the states (study results were subsequently reported in the Journal of Benefit Cost Analysis in 2015). The study found that, over the four years from 2008 to 2011, states conducted only 36 full cost benefit analyses and 312 partial cost-benefit analyses. This averaged out to 9 full analyses and 78 partial analyses per year across all 50 states.

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A Message From the SBCA Executive Director

Building the SBCA Member Experience
First, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jim Cudahy and I am the new executive director for the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. I have a deep background in association management, most recently having served as the CEO of the National Investor Relations Institute and the National Court Reporters Association. Before that I spent nine years as vice president of marketing and communications at CFA Institute.
One of the first activities in which I will be involved with SBCA will be to facilitate a strategic planning process that will help the Society’s leadership to establish priorities to pursue over the next five to seven years. At the center of this effort will be to discuss, then create, programs that are relevant and valuable to the members and the community that SBCA serves.
To that end, I’d like your ideas. As an SBCA member or stakeholder, we can do our best work by understanding what’s on your mind and what you expect from the Society. What are some challenges you face? What are some information or knowledge gaps that SBCA might be able to fill? In what other general or specific new areas do you think SBCA should explore?
Send me an email with your ideas, answering the aforementioned questions and/or coming up with some of your own to answer. My email is jcudahy@virtualinc.com.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Jim Cudahy, CAE
Executive Director

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 as 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 and register today!

Blog Editor Search

The Society seeks a new editor for On Balance, the Society’s blog. On Balance features short informative, practical, and timely articles relevant to benefit-cost analysis. The blog is distributed regularly via email and on our website.

The new editor’s three-year term will begin January 2020; editorship includes non-voting membership on the Society’s Board of Directors. If you are interested, please send a short, informative statement of interest and qualifications to info@benefitcostanalysis.org

Donate to the SBCA

In addition to your membership, consider making a donation to the SBCA. Your contribution helps to advance 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


New Editorship of JBCA

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis is 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 editors 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. In addition, they could not have produced the Journal without the support of the Editorial Board members, authors, reviewers, and especially the MacArthur Foundation. 

SBCA Newsletter - June 2019 Newsletter