May 2017
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Job Postings on SBCA Website

As a reminder, SBCA accepts benefit-cost related job announcements and funding opportunities to share on our website's Career Listings page. 

To suggest a listing, please email the following to
  • Job title, employer name, and employer location or funding opportunity and name of funding organization
  • Application deadline
  • Brief description (500 characters or less, including spaces)
  • Link to website or contact for more information

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.

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 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 (Donald Kenkel, Glenn Blomquist, Mark Cohen, Geraldine Emberger, Al McGartland, Lisa Robinson, and Stuart Shapiro) for election in autumn 2017, with terms beginning in January 2018.

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,

Spring 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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International Workshop at the University of Milan

You are invited to attend an international workshop titled The Role of CBA in Government Decision-making: International Perspectives, on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Milan, Italy. It is organized by the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA), the University of Milan, and the Centre for Industrial Studies (CSIL).

The workshop will act as a forum to discuss benefit-cost analysis (CBA) practices worldwide by bringing together institutional stakeholders, academics and practitioners. It will specifically address a comparison between the US, European, and international perspectives and experiences in carrying out the benefit-cost analysis of projects and policies. The keynote address will be given by Lynn Karoly, SBCA President.

The workshop is offered in conjunction with the 7th edition of the Milan Summer School on Cost-Benefit Analysis of Major Projects from September 28-23, 2017. It is included for summer school students or is offered free of charge to SBCA members (80 Euros for non-students who are not SBCA members). For more information on the workshop, visit CSIL's website. The registration deadline is August 25, 2017, and space is limited.

SBCA members are also encouraged to apply to the Milan Summer School on Cost-Benefit Analysis, and can receive a 20% discount on the required fee. Please visit the CSIL website for application information.

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.
SBCA Newsletter - May 2017