July 2016
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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.

Save the Date: 2017 Conference and Workshops

SBCA's Ninth Annual Conference and Workshops are coming! 

When: March 15-17, 2017
Where: GWU Marvin Center, Washington, DC

Our call for submissions for the conference and workshops will open in August. Please watch our website for more details as they emerge: https://benefitcostanalysis.org/2017-annual-conference

Next issue of Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis coming soon

The summer issue of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis will be out in the coming weeks, and three of the articles are available on the JBCA website now under the FirstView tab. The issue will include:
  • "A Simple Stated Preference Tool for Estimating the Value of Travel Time in Rural Africa" by Joseph Cook, Peter Kimuyu, Annalise Blum, and Josephine Gatua (open access)
  • "Hedonic Vices: Fixing Inferences about Willingness-To- Pay in Recent House-Value Studies" by John Yinger and Nguyen-Hoang 
  • “The Private and Social Benefits of Double Majors” by Alison Del Rossi and Joni Hersch
  • “How Effective Are Federally Mandated Information Disclosures?” by Arthur Fraas and Randall Lutter
  • “Bureaucratic Benefit-Cost Analysis and Policy Controversy” by Ryan P. Scott, Tyler A. Scott, and Richard Zerbe
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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New reports of interest to SBCA members

Please note: the content below is provided as a courtesy only and does not reflect any endorsement by the SBCA. 

World Bank report: Methodology for Valuing the Health Impacts of Air Pollution: Discussion of Challenges and Proposed Solutions

This report provides a detailed discussion of the key methodological choices that must be made in valuing the health impacts of pollution and makes recommendations on how these challenges can be addressed. The hope in developing this note is to bring greater clarity to what the issues are and to provide guidance on how they can be addressed consistently (the note provides clear recommendations where possible and a framing of issues where the literature or the context does not as yet provide clarity on potential solutions).

EPA Science Advisory Board review: Valuing mortality risk reductions for policy: proposed updates to valuation and income elasticity estimates

The value of mortality risk reductions (the value per statistical life or VSL) often dominates the benefits estimates for environmental, health, and safety policies and regulations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now in the process of updating its estimates, which were originally developed in the early 1990s based on work by SBCA past-President W. Kip Viscusi, and has asked its Science Advisory Board (SAB) to review its proposed approach. EPA’s proposal, related background materials, and the SAB’s draft report, are available through the link above.

Call for WEAI submissions

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

Session information is due to WEAI no later than August 1, 2016. If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel, please contact Erika Dowd at sbcainfo@uw.edu

Working Papers Reminder

The next issue of our new working paper series will go out soon! We welcome submissions from current SBCA members. 

Please send your submissions in the following format to Erika Dowd at sbcainfo@uw.edu:
  • 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. To join as a member, visit our website. We look forward to receiving and sharing your work. 
SBCA Newsletter - July 2016