April 2016
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Nominations sought for Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission

Nominations are currently being sought for the new Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission, created by Congress in March in order to “conduct a comprehensive study of the data inventory, data infrastructure, database security, and statistical protocols related to Federal policymaking and the agencies responsible for maintaining that data.” 

For more details about the Commission's proposed work, please see here

Appointments are to be made by May 14, 2016. If you are interested in nominating someone to serve on the Commission, please contact one of the staffers listed below:

John Righter, Deputy Staff Director
Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions [HELP]
Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-428, Washington, DC 20510 
Tel: (202) 224-0767
Katy Rother, Counsel
Subcommittee on Government Operations, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Office Building, 200 C Street, SW, 6460, Washington, DC 20515
Tel: (202) 225-5074

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 and Climate Change 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.

Next Issue of JBCA Coming Soon

In the coming weeks, please watch for a special issue on [Ir]rationality, Happiness, and Benefit-Cost Analysis, guest edited by Lisa A. Robinson (Harvard Center for Risk Analysis). Articles include:
  • [Ir]rationality, Happiness, and Benefit-Cost Analysis: Introduction to the Special Issue by Lisa A. Robinson 
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Unified Approach to Behavioral Welfare Economics by B. Douglas Bernheim 
  • Rational Benefit Assessment for an Irrational World: Toward a Behavioral Transfer Test by Ted Gayer and W. Kip Viscusi
  • Do We Need a New Behavioral Benchmark For BCA? by Jason F. Shogren and Linda H. Thunström
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis, Who’s Your Daddy? by Cass R. Sunstein
  • Unequal Life Chances and Choices: How Subjective Well-Being Metrics Can Inform Benefit-Cost Analysis by Carol Graham
  • Bad Air Days: The Effects of Air Quality on Different Measures of Subjective Wellbeing by Paul Dolan and Kate Laffan
  • Behavioral Economics, Happiness Surveys, and Public Policy by Matthew Adler​
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 with any questions.

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Discounted subscription to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis - due May 1

In order to provide users quick access to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, the SBCA is offering 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: journals@cambridge.org.

Submit an Abstract for the SRA Annual Meeting - due May 23

SBCA is again co-sponsoring symposia with the SRA's Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group (EBASG) at the 2016 Annual Meeting, December 11 -15, 2016 in San Diego, California. 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 Lisa Robinson or Elisabeth Gilmore before submitting to the SRA. For more information about the meeting and the abstract requirements, download SRA’s call for papers.

For more information about EBASG, visit our website.

Board of Directors Nominations Due June 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 sbcainfo@uw.edu. 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.

Reminder: New Working Paper Series

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 sbcainfo@uw.edu, 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 current SBCA members may submit papers for the series. We hope you will consider sharing your work!
SBCA Newsletter - April 2016