November 2016
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2017 SBCA Memberships Now Available!

Become a new member or renew your membership for 2017 and receive membership benefits from now through 2017 at the cost of a one-year membership!

Please note that all 2016 memberships will expire on December 31, 2016 unless renewed for 2017. 

Members receive the following benefits:
  • Discounted registration for the Society’s annual conference
  • Complementary digital access to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • Submission of papers to the SBCA Working Paper Series
  • Announcements about Society events and reduced fees (where applicable)
  • Access to member contact information
Visit our membership page for more information and to become a new member or renew your membership today!

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.

Upcoming Events

SBCA sessions at SEA Annual Conference
11/19/2016- 11/21/2016
Washington, DC

SBCA sessions at Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting
12/11/2016- 12/15/2016
San Diego, CA

SBCA sessions at WEAI International Conference
01/03/2017- 01/06/2017
Santiago, Chile

SBCA Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops
Washington, DC

SBCA 9th Annual Conference and Meeting
03/16/2017- 03/17/2017
Washington, DC

Thank you to our 2016 Organizational Affiliates

Major Contributors
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • 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 Marine Science and Policy at the University of Delaware
  • 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.

2017 Conference and Workshops

2017 SBCA Conference and Workshop registration will be opening soon! Please watch our event page for more details and stay tuned for announcements. 

Opportunities for conference sponsorship, advertising and exhibit tables will also be available through the conference registration link. 

If you have submitted a presentation, panel or workshop for consideration for the conference, you should expect to hear back from our committee by early December. 

We look forward to seeing you in March!

New Issue of Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis

The Fall 2016 issue of the JBCA is now available and includes the following:
  • “Process, Ideology and Willingness to Pay for Reducing Childhood Poverty” by Semra Ozdemir, F. Reed Johnson, and Dale Whittington (Open Access) 
  • “The Merits of Universal Scholarships: Benefit-Cost Evidence from the Kalamazoo Promise” by Timothy J. Bartik, Brad Hershbein, and Marta Lachowska (Open Access) 
  • “Are Current U.S. Anti-Bullying Programs Net Beneficial to Parents? Inferences from School Switching” by Mark D. Agee and Thomas D. Crocker (Free Access for 30 days) 
  • “Contingent Valuation and the Policymaking Process: An Application to Used Nuclear Fuel in the United States” by Deven Carlson, Joseph Ripberger, Hank Jenkins-Smith, Carol Silva, Kuhika Gupta, Robert Berrens, and Benjamin Jones 
  • “Green Roof Cost Benefit Analysis: Special Emphasis on Scenic Benefits” by Väinö Nurmi, Athanasios Votsis, Adriaan Perrels, and Susanna Lehvävirta 
  • ”Regulatory Process, Regulatory Reform, and the Quality of Regulatory Impact Analysis” by Jerry Ellig and Rosemarie Fike
To access the Cambridge Press website for this issue and previous issues of the JBCA, please visit our page. All SBCA members receive complimentary access to the JBCA; please contact us with any questions.

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Symposium on Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Courts

Leading regulatory and judicial experts gathered in Washington, DC on October 11 for a symposium on judicial review of benefit-cost analysis sponsored by the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, the American Bar Association Section on Administrative Law and the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center.

Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein provided keynote remarks, followed by an expert panel moderated by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Williams.

Video of keynote

More information

SBCA Sessions at Upcoming Conferences

SBCA is an organizational affiliate of the Southern Economics Association (SEA), Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), and the Western Economics Association International (WEAI). We will have the following co-sponsored sessions at their upcoming conferences, and encourage you to attend:

  • Southern Economic Association Conference (November 19-21, Washington, DC):

At SEA’s annual conference and meetings in November, SBCA has organized a panel on “Policy Analysis for Uncertain Events.” Plan to join your fellow SBCA members for the discussion on Monday, November 21, at 8:00 AM. We’ll provide the donuts! Panelists include Tim Brennan, Joe Cordes, Susan Dudley, Ali Gungor, Jim Scouras and Jonathan Weiner. More information

  • Society for Risk Analysis Meeting (December 11-15, San Diego, CA):

SBCA and the Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group of the SRA are co-sponsoring six panels at the upcoming Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, including two symposia on environmental issues and benefit-cost analysis; a symposium on burdens from risk; a roundtable on post-election prospects and challenges for risk policy; and a session on revolutions in benefits analysis. Please find the full list of sessions here and join us in December! More information

  • Western Economic Association International Conference (January 3-6, 2017, Santiago, Chile):

At WEAI’s conference in January, SBCA member Kerry Krutilla has organized a panel on “Benefit-Cost Analysis of Environmental Programs and Policies” on Tuesday, January 3, at 4:45 PM, and a panel on "Economic Evaluation of Air Pollution Control" on Wednesday, January 4, at 12:45 PM. Plan to join your fellow SBCA members for the discussions if you will be in Santiago! More information

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
  • 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. 

DC Event re: Second Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine

One-day conference on December 7, 2016 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC highlighting the Recommendations of the Second Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine. The conference will feature a series of presentations from members of the Panel, as well as several discussion panels.

Date: December 7, 2016
Time: 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Register to attend in person at In-person registration fee: $50 

Access the live webcast free at
SBCA Newsletter - November 2016