February 2017
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2017 SBCA Memberships Now Available!

Become a new member or renew your membership for 2017 now. Please note that all 2016 memberships expired 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 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.

Thank you to our 2017 Organizational Affiliates

  • The Brattle Group
  • Econometrica, Inc.*
  • The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center*
  • Industrial Economics, Incorporated*
  • NERA Economic Consulting*
* Charter affiliates

  • Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Labour Program, Employment and Social Development Canada
  • LaFollette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
  • University of Kentucky Gatton College Department of Economics
  • Vanderbilt University's Ph.D. Program in Law & Economics
If your organization was an affiliate last year, please remember to renew your membership.

Please visit our membership page for information about becoming a 2017 Organizational Affiliate and for a list of past Affiliates.

Register for 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

Workshops include:‚Äč
  • Retrospective Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • Using Experts to Estimate Parameter Values in BCA
  • How to Use RegData and its Successor, QuantGov, in Policy Analysis
  • Causal Analytics for Benefit-Cost Analysts: What Effects do Policies Cause?
  • Using Primary and Secondary Methods to Value Outcomes in BCA
The preliminary conference program is now available. Please note that this information is subject to change before the conference, and updates will be posted to the website.

We are excited to announce that this year's program will feature a keynote address by Katharine G. Abraham, Professor of Economics and Survey Methodology, University of Maryland and Chair, Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. She will speak on the topic of "Improving the Evidence Base for Government Decisions" during lunch on Thursday, March 16.

We still have space available in our hotel block at the Key Bridge Marriott. Rooms in the SBCA block can be reserved for $189/night using this link: SBCA room reservations. The deadline for booking a room in the block is February 21, 2017

This is the final week to sign up as a sponsor, exhibitor or place a program ad. Please see our website for details and to sign up today.

We look forward to seeing you in March!

Seeking nominations for SBCA awards

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis is pleased to announce a call for award nominations for 2017. Recipients will be honored at the SBCA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, during our annual membership meeting on March 17, 2017.
The following awards are open for nominations:
  • Outstanding Achievement Award: In 2016, the SBCA Board of Directors created the Outstanding Achievement Award to be awarded as appropriate to individuals who make significant contributions to the field of benefit-cost analysis. 
  • Richard Zerbe Distinguished Service Award: The Board of Directors established the Richard Zerbe Distinguished Service Award in 2014 to honor the leadership of Richard Zerbe in founding the SBCA. The award is designated for individuals who make significant contributions to helping the SBCA further its mission.
To nominate someone for a 2017 award, please send an email to Erika Dowd, SBCA Executive Director, at sbcainfo@uw.edu with a brief statement as to the nominee’s accomplishments that make them a suitable candidate for the award.  
The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2017.

New Issue of Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis Coming Soon

The Spring 2017 issue of the JBCA is nearly complete and will include the following:
  • “The Efficiency Potential in Social Programs: Accounting for Heterogeneity in Benefit-Cost Analysis” by Nicolai Kristensen, Christophe Kolodziejczyka, Iben Bolviga, and Kurt Houlberga (Free Access for 30 days)
  • “Evaluating Willingness to Pay as a Measure of the Impact of Dyslexia in Adults” by Daniel Herrera-Araujo, Bennett Shaywitz, John Holahan, Karen Marchione, Reissa Michaels, Sally Shaywitz, and James Hammitt
  • “On the Distributional Implications of Safe Drinking Water Standards” by Dennis C. Cory and Lester D. Taylor
  • “A Simple GDP-Based Model for Public Investment at Risk” by Bernard Lapeyre and Emile Quinet
  • “Potential Barriers to Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings: The Case of Supermarket Refrigeration” by Heather Klemick, Elizabeth Kopits, and Ann Wolverton
Article from Summer 2016 issue featured in the Wall Street Journal

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 session(s) at Southern Economic Association conference

SBCA is considering organizing one or more sessions at the Southern Economic Association (SEA) conference in Tampa, Florida, November 17-19, 2017.  

If you are interested in submitting a panel or an individual paper as part of an SBCA session, please contact Erika Dowd at sbcainfo@uw.edu by March 1

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 - February 2017