December 2016
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Please include SBCA in your year-end gift-giving plans! We depend on your support, and are grateful for donations of any size.  

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Upcoming Events

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 2017 Organizational Affiliate and for a list of past Affiliates.

Register for 2017 Conference and Workshops

Register today to join us for the 2017 SBCA Conference and Workshops from March 15-17, 2017, in Washington, DC! 

Conference Registration

Workshop Registration

Opportunities for conference sponsorship, advertising and exhibit tables are also available through the conference registration link. More details about registration timing, prices and workshop descriptions are available on our website

We look forward to seeing you in March!

2017 SBCA Memberships Now Available!

Become a new member or renew your membership for 2017 now. 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!

SBCA Board Election Results

The Society is pleased to announce the results of its annual election. We welcome several distinguished practitioners and scholars to our Board. We are grateful for all those who agreed to be on the ballot, as well as all the members who participated in the voting process. Please join us in congratulating the Society’s recently elected officers and new Board members for 2017. 

Full biographies for each new member and officer will be available on our website in January. The 2017 President will be Lynn Karoly of RAND Corporation (currently serving as Vice President).
  • Don Kenkel (Cornell University), Vice President (2017, automatically succeeds to President in 2018)
  • Ali Gungor (US Coast Guard), Assistant Treasurer (2017, automatically succeeds to Treasurer in 2018)
  • Massimo Florio (University of Milan), Board Member
  • Fran Sussman (ICF International), Board Member

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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SBCA Membership Meeting 2017

The annual meeting of the SBCA membership will take place during our conference, on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at the GWU Marvin Center. We encourage all members to attend, whether or not you plan to otherwise attend the conference, and will be sharing reports on our major activities from the past year, finances, future plans and other items of importance to the membership. 

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. 
SBCA Newsletter - December 2016