December 2015
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Join or Renew Your Membership Today!

Please join or renew your membership today, to help support our mission and take advantage of our many member benefits. Our memberships and Organizational Affiliations run on a calendar-year basis, so joining before January 1 allows you to take advantage of a full year of benefits for 2016! 

See our website for more details about our membership and Affiliate levels and associated benefits, and to join us for 2016. 

Support SBCA!

Please include SBCA in your year-end gift-giving plans! We depend on your support, and are grateful for donations of any size.

All contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Successful sessions at SEA and SRA conferences

SBCA recently co-sponsored program sessions at the meetings of the Southern Economic Association (SEA) and Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). More information is available on our website:

SEA conference
SRA conference

Thank you to all who participated by presenting, organizing sessions, visiting our SRA exhibit table or attending sessions!

Call for WEAI sessions

SBCA has an opportunity to arrange joint sessions at the Western Economic Association International (WEAI) conferences in Portland, Oregon (June 29 - July 3, 2016) and Santiago, Chile (January 3-6, 2017).

Session information for the Portland conference is due to WEAI no later than February 1, 2016. If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel, please contact Erika Dowd at

SBCA Membership Meeting 2016

The annual meeting of the SBCA membership will take place during our conference, on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. at the GWU Marvin Center. We encourage all members to attend, whether or not you plan to otherwise attend the conference, and will be sharing reports on our major activities from the past year, finances, future plans and other items of importance to the membership. 

Register for 2016 Conference and Workshops

Register today to join us for the 2016 SBCA Conference and Workshops from March 16-18, 2016 in Washington, DC! 

Conference Registration

Workshop Registration

Opportunities for conference sponsorship, advertising and exhibit tables are also available through the conference registration link. More details about registration timing, prices and workshop descriptions are available on our website

We look forward to seeing you in March!

SBCA Board Election Results

The Society is pleased to announce the results of its annual election. We welcome several distinguished practitioners and scholars to our Board.  We thank all the members who participated in the voting process and hope you will join us in congratulating the Society’s recently elected officers and new Board members for 2016. 

Full biographies for each new member and officer are available here; information about the current Board of Directors is available on our website. The 2016 President will be Susan Dudley of the GW Regulatory Studies Center (currently serving as Vice President).
  • Lynn Karoly, Vice President (2016, automatically succeeds to President in 2017)
  • Craig Thornton, Assistant Treasurer (2016, automatically succeeds to Treasurer in 2017)
  • David Luskin, Board Member
  • George Parsons, Board Member
  • Emile Quinet, Board Member
  • Gary VanLandingham, Board Member

NEW - Benefit-Cost Analysis Working Papers

We are starting a new initiative to share working papers related to benefit-cost analysis. SBCA members may send abstracts and links to their working papers to the SBCA Executive Director, Erika Dowd, at, following this format: title, authors and affiliations, abstract, and link to paper online.

We will circulate an e-newsletter featuring links to these working papers periodically to the full SBCA mailing list (5,000+ individuals). 

Please note that only currrent SBCA members may submit papers for the series. We hope you will consider sharing your work!

Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis - New Issue Coming Soon

Volume 6, Issue 3 (Fall 2015) is coming in late December. It will be a special issue on Benefit-Cost Analysis of Prevention and Intervention Programs for Youth and Young Adults guest edited by Margaret Kuklinski (University of Washington). 

Articles will include:
  • "Benefit-Cost Analysis of Prevention and Intervention Programs for Youth and Young Adults: Introduction to the Special Issue" by Margaret Kuklinksi
  • “Considering Valuation of Non-Cognitive Skills in Benefit-Cost Analysis of Programs for Children” by Damon Jones, Lynn Karoly, Daniel Crowley, and Mark Greenberg (open access
  • “The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning” by Clive Belfield, Brooks Bowden, Alli Klapp, Henry Levin, Robert Shand, and Sabine Zander
  • “Cost Analysis of a School-Based Social and Emotional Learning and Literacy Intervention” by Katherine Long, Joshua L. Brown, Stephanie M. Jones, J. Lawrence Aber and Brian T. Yates
  • “Evaluating the Talent Search TRIO Program: A Benefit-Cost Analysis and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis” by A. Brooks Bowden and Clive Belfield
  • “Benefits and Costs of a Targeted Intervention Program for Youthful Offenders: The YouthBuild USA Offender Project” by Mark Cohen and Alex Piquero
  • “Using Cost-Benefit Analysis to Scale Up Early Childhood Programs through Pay for Success Financing” by Judy Temple and Arthur Reynolds
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To access the JBCA, please visit our page on the Cambridge Press website.

Thank you to our 2015 Organizational Affiliates

  • Eastern Research Group
  • Econometrica, Inc.*
  • ExxonMobil*
  • George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center*
  • Industrial Economics, Incorporated*
  • Mathematica Policy Research*
  • NERA Economic Consulting*
  • Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University
* Charter affiliates

  • Environment Canada
  • Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities, Cornell University
  • La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Optimity Advisors
  • School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
  • University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
  • University of Kentucky Department of Economics
  • Vanderbilt University’s Ph.D. Program in Law & Economics
Please visit our membership page for information about becoming a 2016 Organizational Affiliate and for a list of past Affiliates.
SBCA Newsletter - December 2015