May 2016
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Job Postings on SBCA Website

As a reminder, SBCA accepts benefit-cost related job announcements and funding opportunities to share on our website's Career Listings page. 

To suggest a listing, please email the following to
  • Job title, employer name, and employer location or funding opportunity and name of funding organization
  • Application deadline
  • Brief description (500 characters or less, including spaces)
  • Link to website or contact for more information

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.

New JBCA Issue Available Now

A special issue on [Ir]rationality, Happiness, and Benefit-Cost Analysis, guest edited by Lisa A. Robinson (Harvard Centers for Health Decision Science and Risk Analysis), is available now.

"This special issue brings together an excellent group of authors who clearly frame the problems and provide numerous new insights on welfare analysis in behavioral models. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the intersection of behavioral economics, happiness research, and analysis of social welfare." - Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

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 (open access)
  • 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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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 Self-recommendations 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.

Working Papers

The first issue of our new working paper series is out! We plan to send out these emails periodically and welcome submissions from current SBCA members

Please send your submissions in the following format to Erika Dowd at
  • Title
  • Author(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Abstract
  • Link to paper online
The Society shares these papers as a service to its members and the benefit-cost analysis community. The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis does not edit the papers before sharing and circulation of a working paper does not constitute endorsement by the Society of any of its content.  

Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to receiving and sharing your work. 

Discounted subscription to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis - offer extended!

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 July 1, 2016.

How to take advantage of this subscription offer: please contact our Customer Service Department: telephone: +44 (0)1223 326070 or e-mail:
SBCA Newsletter - May 2016