March 2017
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Thank you to our conference sponsors

  • American Chemistry Council
  • Laura and John Arnold Foundation
  • ExxonMobil
  • GW Regulatory Studies Center

Thank you to our 2017 Organizational Affiliates

  • The Brattle Group
  • Eastern Research Group*
  • Econometrica, Inc.*
  • The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center*
  • Industrial Economics, Incorporated*
  • Mathematica Policy Research*
  • NERA Economic Consulting*
  • Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, The George Washington University
* Charter affiliates

  • Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
  • Exxon Mobil*
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Frank Batten School, University of Virginia
  • Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities, Cornell University
  • 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.

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!

Thank you for another successful conference and workshops!

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Ninth Annual Conference and Meeting took place on March 15-17 in Washington, DC.

Thank you to all who attended! We had a record registration of approximately 320 conference attendees from 16 countries, and appreciate all that you did to help make this year's events so successful and productive. 

Presentations in 46 program sessions covered topics related to regulation, health policy, transportation project assessments, climate policy, retrospective benefit-cost analysis and more. Presentation abstracts and select slides are available on our website hereIf you presented and would like to make your slides available, please contact Erika Dowd at

On Thursday, the keynote address was given by Katherine G. Abraham, Chair of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Video of the address is available on YouTube.

We were pleased to award Steve Aos, former Director of the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, the Outstanding Achievement Award for sustained outstanding achievement in the field of benefit-cost analysis. The Board also awarded Richard Belzer the 2017 Richard Zerbe Distinguished Service Award recognizing his exceptional service to the Society as a board officer from 2008-2016.

The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis editors recognized "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Unified Approach to Behavioral Welfare Economics" by Douglas Bernheim; "Rational Benefit Assessment for an Irrational World: Toward a Behavioral Transfer Test" by W. Kip Viscusi and Ted Gayer; and "Contingent Valuation and the Policymaking Process: An Application to Used Nuclear Fuel in the United States" by Deven E. Carlson, Joseph T. Ripberger, Hank C. Jenkins-Smith, Carol L. Silva, Kuhika Gupta, Robert P. Berrens, and Benjamin A. Jones; as Best JBCA Articles of 2016.

We look forward to next year's conference: March 14-16, 2018 in Washington, D.C.!

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 K. 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
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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Board of Directors Nominations Due 6/1

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, Assistant Treasurer and Secretary. 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. The Secretary is a three-year position responsible for preserving the non-financial records of the Society and recording all proceedings of the Board and other meetings of the Society. 

Nominations are due no later than June 1, 2017, and should be emailed to Self-nominations 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 for election in autumn 2017, with terms beginning in January 2018.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Developing a Benefit-Cost Framework for Data Policy

Sponsored by the Program on Economics & Privacy at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School with the Future of Privacy Forum

For more information, and to read a listing of topics of special interest, please visit the PEP website here.

To be considered, please send an abstract outlining your proposed paper to by April 15, 2017. Selections will be announced by May 1, 2017. Selected authors will be expected to have completed a discussion draft by June 1, 2017, to circulate to conference participants. Final papers will be due on September 1, 2017.

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 - March 2017