March 2016
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Congratulations to our outgoing Board members

Please join us in congratulating and thanking the following members whose terms on our Board of Directors ended in 2014:
  • Lisa A. Robinson, Past President
  • Sandra Archibald
  • James K. Hammitt
  • Robert Johansson
  • Jack Wells

Thank you to our conference sponsors

Primary support provided by:
  • MacArthur Foundation
Additional supporters:
  • American Chemistry Council
  • GW Regulatory Studies Center
  • StataCorp

Thank you to our 2016 Organizational Affiliates

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

  • Environment Canada
  • Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia
  • Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • GRA, Incorporated
  • Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities, Cornell University
  • LaFollette 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.

Thank you for another successful conference and workshops!

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Eighth Annual Conference and Meeting took place on March 16-18 in Washington, DC.

Thank you to all who participated! We had a record turnout of just over 300 conference attendees and nearly 50 pre-conference professional development workshop attendees. Participants traveled from 10 international countries, as well as 24 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and represented academic, government and private organizations.

Presentations in 39 program sessions covered topics related to regulation, health policy, transportation project assessments, climate policy, retrospective benefit-cost analysis and more. Presentation abstracts and select slides are available on our website hereIf you presented and would like to make your slides available, please contact Erika Dowd at

On Thursday, SBCA President Susan Dudley moderated a keynote discussion with Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma and Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Chairman & Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs & Federal Management, Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee, on the topic of benefit-cost analysis and regulatory reform. Articles about the keynote address were featured in Bloomberg BNA, Forbes and GW Today. Video of the address is available on YouTube

We were pleased to award Professor Arnold Harberger the inaugural Outstanding Achievement Award for sustained outstanding achievement in the field of benefit-cost analysis. The Board also surprised SBCA Executive Director Erika Dowd with the 2016 Richard Zerbe Distinguished Service Award recognizing her exceptional performance, and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis editors awarded Cambridge University Press editor Gillian Greenough the 2016 JBCA Award for extraordinary contributions to the Journal.

Read more on our website

Discounted subscription to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis

In order to provide users quick access to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, the SBCA would like to offer a limited number of reduced rate institutional subscriptions to the journal for the entire year 2016.

This offer is made possible by funding from a MacArthur Foundation grant of a generous but finite amount; subsidized subscriptions are available first come, first served.

Your institution can subscribe to the journal for just $25 (full 2016 rate $289). This subscription will entitle you to access volumes 1-7 (2010-2016) of JBCA online and must be activated by May 1st 2016.

How to take advantage of this subscription offer: please contact our Customer Service Department: telephone: +44 (0)1223 326070 or e-mail:

We are also pleased to announce six new members of our Editorial Board: Henrik Andersson (Toulouse School of Economics), Timothy Bartik (Upjohn Institute), James Hammitt (Harvard Center for Risk Analysis), Donald Kenkel (Cornell University), Margaret Kuklinski (University of Washington), and Glenn Jenkins (Queen's University and Eastern Mediterranean University). 

To access current and previous issues of the JBCA, please visit our page on the Cambridge Press website. All SBCA members receive complimentary access to the JBCA; please contact us if you need a reminder of login instructions.

Forthcoming Spring 2016 is a special issue on [Ir]rationality, Happiness, and Benefit-Cost Analysis guest edited by Lisa A. Robinson (Harvard Center for Risk Analysis).  

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Board of Directors Nominations Due 6/1

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 June 1, 2016, and should be emailed to Self-nominations are strongly 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 (Lynn Karoly, Trudy Cameron, Glenn Jenkins, Clark Nardinelli and Gary VanLandingham) for election in autumn 2016, with terms beginning in January 2017.
SBCA Newsletter - March 2016