July 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.

Want to Experience the Full Benefits of SBCA membership? Join Now.

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.

Click here to learn more about member benefits today!

Benefit-Cost Anaylsis Career Listings

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis welcomes career listings and other employment opportunities relevant to the interests of our members. To submit a listing, please contact SBCA staff.

For current career postings, please visit the SBCA website!

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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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.

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 - TodayJuly 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!

On Balance: Using Congressional Hearings to Identify Policy Impacts

July 10, 2019

By: Deven Carlson

The field of benefit-cost analysis is replete with guidance on theoretical and empirical valuation of impacts. Many fewer resources, however, are available for analysts to consult when determining the set of policy impacts to value in the first place. This post describes a new article published with co-authors Joseph Ripberger, Wesley Wehde, Hank Jenkins-Smith, Carol Silva, Kuhika Gupta, Benjamin Jones, and Robert Berrens, in the Spring 2019 Issue of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. The article, entitled, ‘Benefit-Cost Analysis, Policy Impacts, and Congressional Hearings,’ proposes a method for identifying policy impacts that contributes a degree of systematism, transparency, and replicability to the process.

Click here to read more!

A Message From the SBCA Executive Director

Calculating SBCA’s Own Benefit (and Cost)

As a non-profit executive, every once in while a board of directors will come to me with some version of the same question: “What is the specific dollar value of our organization to members?” I’ve been part of extended projects involving some of the biggest names in market research and always the answer is the same: “It depends.” Part of the purpose of a non-profit organization is to define and advance a profession, a discipline, or an industry.

That’s difficult to put a price tag on, and the value of such efforts are impossible to calculate, particularly since it varies based on the unique perspective of each member.
However, that does not absolve an organization from doing everything within its influence to enhance the value to its constituency. I am happy to say that SBCA now is engaged in a process that has as its goal to deliver more definitive value to members. We recently embarked on an initiative to build a new SBCA website. This exercise not only will create a website that better aligns with your needs, it likewise will give us the opportunity to develop new programs to serve the evolving needs of members.

In parallel, SBCA has embarked upon a strategic-planning exercise in which we will look extensively at the value we provide to members and explore ways that we can enhance that value proposition.

Meanwhile, if you’re not an SBCA member, we encourage you to join. Again, part of the value of SBCA is difficult to put a price tag on – defining and advancing the practice of benefit-cost analysis. But there likewise is tangible benefit through the learning you get from your subscription to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis and through discounts to the SBCA Annual Conference and November’s first-ever European Conference. And there is much more value on the way.

Just don’t ask me to assign a specific dollar value to it. In my experience, that can’t be done.

Jim Cudahy, CAE
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 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

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

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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.

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