April 2017
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Scoping Workshop at Gates Foundation

You are invited to a Scoping Workshop supporting a new project on reference case guidelines for the conduct of benefit-cost analysis in global health and development. The project is led by several SBCA members who are looking for input from experts in the field.

Sign up for the email list to receive more information on this project, including requests for comments and announcements of future events.

Thank you to our 2017 Organizational Affiliates

Patron
  • 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

Supporter
  • 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.

Request for Proposals for Administrative Services to Support the SBCA

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) seeks the services of a firm, institution, or organization to provide administrative support and coordination for its administrative operations, including but not limited to: membership recordkeeping and maintenance; annual conference, workshops and other meetings; coordination with the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis; development activities; and other mutually agreed upon tasks.

We are committed to growing the Society in terms of its membership, conference attendance, and overall influence on benefit-cost analysis. We plan to pursue this mission throughout the world, although our current activities focus predominantly on the United States and Europe. We look for a management organization that will help us pursue our mission and planned growth.

More details are available on our website here: Request for Proposals

Bids must be emailed before 11:59 pm EDT on July 15, 2017 to: Craig Thornton, Treasurer, Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, cthornton@mathematica-mpr.com

New Issue of Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis

The Spring 2017 issue of the JBCA is now available and includes 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
  • “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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New Member Link to Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis

Current SBCA members can now access the JBCA through a new link in the Members Area once you log into Memberleap.

For JBCA access,
1) go to http://www.memberleap.com/members/mlogin.php?org_id=SBCA
2) enter the username and password you set up when you joined the SBCA, and click on the log-in button
3) scroll down to the Members Area
4) click on the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis link. 

This will direct you to the JBCA's homepage on the Cambridge Core website. You will no longer need a membership ID number or a society ID number to log in to the Journal.

For any questions about accessing the JBCA or resetting your Memberleap login, please contact Erika Dowd, Executive Director, at 206.616.4090 or sbcainfo@uw.edu.

Board of Directors Nominations Due June 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 sbcainfo@uw.edu. 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.

Submit an Abstract for the SRA Annual Meeting -- Due May 31

SBCA is again co-sponsoring symposia with the SRA's Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group (EBASG) at the 2017 Annual Meeting, December 10 - 14, 2017 in Arlington, VA. EBASG focuses on the use of economic analyses to support risk-management decisions. Our goals include encouraging better integration between risk assessors, economists, and others involved in risk-management decisions. This year, we especially encourage papers on the economic and risk regulation related to the new Executive Orders as well as economic analysis for international development.

If you are interested in submitting a symposium or an individual paper with SBCA sponsorship, contact Lisa Robinson or Elisabeth Gilmore before submitting to the SRA. For more information about the meeting and the abstract requirements, visit the SRA website: http://www.sra.org/2017-annual-meeting.

For more information about EBASG, visit our website.
SBCA Newsletter - April 2017